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Semi-Restore Tool is Finally Available for Windows & Mac OS X

Back in May, we featured a very promising tool called Semi-Restore which was then under development by a group called CoolStar. The tool enable users to do a clean, semi-restore to the iOS version that they're currently running. Now, we are pleased to inform you that the Semi-Restore is now available for download for both Windows, Mac OS X and SSH.

Semi-Restore Tool by CoolStar

With iOS 6, Apple has severely limited the possibility of restoring to just about any firmware version. As of this writing, whenever you wish to restore, you can only restore your iOS device to the latest firmware which is iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4. Yes, even if you have the essential blobs, you won't be able to restore. For users who care about their jailbreaks, updating to iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 is a big no-no since it will effectively kill the jailbreak. Now thanks to the Semi-Restore tool, you can now partially restore back to the firmware you are currently running.

Noticed how I said partially? What Semi-Restore provides is NOT a full system restore but only a partial one. It won't be the same as restoring your device via iTunes but it's the closest you'll ever get to have a fresh version of the firmware that you're running. This means that after using the tool, you will be left with a fresh version of the firmware that you're currently running, and you'll be left with the default iOS apps with all your other data gone. Semi-Restore tool supports iOS 5.0 - 6.1.2 and works even without SHSH blobs.

SemiRestore Tool Home

Before you go ahead and use Semi-Restore, it's highly recommended that you read the following important guidelines:

  • SemiRestore supports Windows XP SP3 or higher, OS X 10.6 or higher, and Ubuntu 12.10 or higher (or the equivalent Linux).
  • There may be a better way to fix your current problem. For example, to fix "Safe Mode" issues, you can just uninstall Mobile Substrate from Cydia.
  • Like any other restore, make sure you backup your data if you want it later.
  • Avoid using your iOS device or anything related to iTunes or XCode during the Semi-Restore. Why not actually go outside?
  • This process cannot and does not repair broken system files! Avoid all Siri Ports, as they are not only illegal (except for Spire on 5.0.1) but they also create problems and may potentially break system files (even Spire can cause this).
  • Your device will respring or reboot several times during the Semi-Restore. This is perfectly normal, so don't panic.

To use the Semi-Restore tool, just simply launch the application, connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and just click the SemiRestore button. For download links and more information, I suggest that you visit Coolstar's official website.

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