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  • BigBoss Releases Semi-Tethered Jailbreak Tool

    BigBoss offers a somewhat convenient solution for Tethered jailbreaks on iOS 5.

    Have you ever been in the situation where your iPod or iPhone is running a tethered jailbreak and then the battery dies, or you are forced to reboot it after problems, or after installing a tweak that needs a reboot? Has this ever happened to you in a place where there isn't a computer available with Redsn0w for you to use? BigBoss has a solution that will at least make your device usable until you get the chance to boot tethered using Redsn0w again.

    Usually when your iDevice powers off after being jailbroken tethered, you will be unable to power it on. It will hang on the Apple logo forever. It turns off fine, but it won't turn on. This new tweak available for free from BigBoss will allow you to reboot your iDevice and use every stock app on the iDevice. There are of course, some caveats to this, because nothing this awesome can be flawproof you will not be able to use Mail and Safari until you boot tethered. This brings more convenience to your tethered jailbreak. Say your iPhone dies and you need to make a call, but you don't have a computer to boot tethered and all you have is a wall charger. If you charge it up, you will be able to turn it on (jailbreak tweaks and settings will be dormant and unusable until you boot tethered) and you will be able to text and make phone calls regardless of having been tethered. The iDevice will take just a tad longer to boot up than normal, but this is expected. This is the hack taking its effect on the device.

    How Do I get it?
    You won't find it in the main BigBoss repo. You will need to add the following repo:
    http://thebigboss(dot)org/semitether/
    (that is a "." instead of a "(dot)" of course I used the parenthesis for linking purposes.)

    When you add that repo, install the Semi-tether from it, then reboot, then boot tethered. You are now Semi-tethered and will be able to reboot your iDevice in a Semi-tethered state.

    Personally, I am unable to connect to iTunes with my iPod Touch 4G after installing this, as well as a couple of friends of mine. iTunes brings up an error saying that it cannot connect to the iPod Touch. This isn't much of a problem though, since most of my syncing is done over the cloud and my iPod Touch running iOS 5 is PC-free. So if you are worried about the iTunes error, don't be. You really don't even need iTunes anymore.

    So just to repeat on the upsides to this. You will be able to call/text, download apps/media, listen to music. You just won't be able to surf the web or send/read email until you boot tethered again. The idea of this release is to allow you to get out of the tether loop so that you can at least use your device if it is an emergency. Once you boot tethered again, you will be able to use your jailbreak downloads as usual. Nothing will be lost.

    So will you be installing the Semi-Tether on your iDevice? Are you happy that something of this nature was released? Share a comment below!

    Sources: BigBoss
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BigBoss Releases Semi-Tethered Jailbreak Tool started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 97 Comments
    1. unreach's Avatar
      unreach -
      I keep hearing the sound when you plug it in to charge. It's stuck in the loading screen after the apple logo. This is what I get, I guess I gotta restore or wait longer?
    1. bleucrayonz's Avatar
      bleucrayonz -
      im on a tethered jailbreak on a verizon iphone 4. i installed this from insanelyi repo. kinda screwed up my phone. now i gotta start from square one... again... where art thou, dear untethered jailbreak? *patiently waits*
    1. unreach's Avatar
      unreach -
      this screwed up my phone too, I don't know how to restore if my phone can't be detected? I feel like a noob haha

      I think my problem was that I had some notification center tweaks on before I did this? I can't even boot tethered, I tried multiple times
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by unreach View Post
      this screwed up my phone too, I don't know how to restore if my phone can't be detected? I feel like a noob haha

      I think my problem was that I had some notification center tweaks on before I did this? I can't even boot tethered, I tried multiple times
      What happens if you all just try rejailbreaking it? I'd try this but I have the 4S...
    1. bleucrayonz's Avatar
      bleucrayonz -
      i didnt have no notification tweaks but i did have others like fiveicondock, etc. everything was working fine until this semi-tethered jailbreak tool. #SMdamnH!
    1. unreach's Avatar
      unreach -
      I tried rejailbreaking and I'm stuck, it says ERROR... Giving up! Don't know what to do from here. Should I try to rejailbreak again?
    1. bleucrayonz's Avatar
      bleucrayonz -
      it seems like we both have similar problems. i tried restoring numerous times. in redsn0w, itll get to Extracting limera1n, then the phone will boot up with the apple logo, and it'll either stay stuck or goes to the itunes activation screen. i tried BOTh "jailbreak tether" and ive tried re-jailbreaking it. no luck. im fully restoring my phone and rejailbreak it.
    1. gg915's Avatar
      gg915 -
      works for me, syncs, reboots perfectly, very useful. Im actually happy with this, not in rush for untethered jb, Thanx bigboss
    1. unreach's Avatar
      unreach -
      Quote Originally Posted by bleucrayonz View Post
      it seems like we both have similar problems. i tried restoring numerous times. in redsn0w, itll get to Extracting limera1n, then the phone will boot up with the apple logo, and it'll either stay stuck or goes to the itunes activation screen. i tried BOTh "jailbreak tether" and ive tried re-jailbreaking it. no luck. im fully restoring my phone and rejailbreak it.
      How are you fully restoring your phone?

      JK
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      LOL! I sent them the tip for this info but since it was posted on a pirate website, they won't give credit to me! MMI even posted (a few minutes afterwards) on Twitter that tipsters shouldn't send tips that are found on pirate websites! WHAT?!?!

      "Dear ModMyi tip-senders,

      Never send info from a site or place associated with pirates. Even if its true, get it from the source."

      News is news! We give the tip...you do the research and edit it accordingly!!! Now we tipsters have to do your work for you??? I never expected MMI to use that pirate sites name but it's news that MMI should know. RELAX guys!!!

      And FYI, that 'pirate' site has plenty of great tweaks that are not pirated!!! I buy my apps but these sites and their tweaks are also invaluable to the Jailbreak community...

      ***Hopefully I won't get hit w/ the Ban-Hammer but it's ridiculous we can't give MMI a 'tip' without getting in trouble...
      Its about principle, yea thanks for the tip but to give credit to someone for browsing a pirate site would be some what condoning it. Creating software is hard work, and stealing software is stealing.
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Am I missing something here .... My iPad and iPhone have been jail broken on ios5 for sometime and I've been able to restart them just fine... Just as this so called semi tether tweak claims....

      Same thing I can restart both debs and I won't be able to use any job apps and mail + safari until I use just boot in red snow... I've been doing this since day one ... Minus this tweak....

      Btw for anyone having issues restoring I had a problem today as well no matter wht I did I ws not able restore my dev using even dfu... I had to run tiny umbrella and downgrade back to 4.3.1 ... Or anything you shsh saved for ... I also had to run the ts server obviously.... Once restored to 4.3.1 ... I then had to upgrade back.... Hope this helps...

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Very useful. Installed it on my iPhone 4 to try it. Works well. Cannot sync to iTunes after either though, get an error 0xE800065.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      Am I missing something here .... My iPad and iPhone have been jail broken on ios5 for sometime and I've been able to restart them just fine... Just as this so called semi tether tweak claims....

      Same thing I can restart both debs and I won't be able to use any job apps and mail + safari until I use just boot in red snow... I've been doing this since day one ... Minus this tweak....
      Oh ok that means you have your iPhone and iPad jailbroken and untethered on iOS 5, ok...
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Wow dude do you read? ... I said my iPad and iPhone do what this tweak does... Without using this tweak... I've jb'd using redsn0w ... If I restart my jb apps don't work but my devices boot up... I have use just boot and then my jb apps work... So no I don't have a untether jb ... Mine is semi-tethered ... Just like this so called tweak....

      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Oh ok that means you have your iPhone and iPad jailbroken and untethered on iOS 5, ok...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by robbpell View Post
      Its about principle, yea thanks for the tip but to give credit to someone for browsing a pirate site would be some what condoning it. Creating software is hard work, and stealing software is stealing.
      So giving info 'unrelated' to piracy is condoning piracy! That makes sense...
      And like I said, these guys are also creating tweaks that are awesome so they're working just as hard as these other devs. I pay for my tweaks & I don't 100% support piracy but these tweaks have there place and their 'jailbreak community info' shouldn't be discarded just cuz of their actions!!! If MMI wants a useful tip that people care about, it shouldn't matter where it came from...
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      Wow dude do you read? ... I said my iPad and iPhone do what this tweak does... Without using this tweak... I've jb'd using redsn0w ... If I restart my jb apps don't work but my devices boot up... I have use just boot and then my jb apps work... So no I don't have a untether jb ... Mine is semi-tethered ... Just like this so called tweak....
      Hey laugh for a while, Im joking with you...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      Wow dude do you read? ... I said my iPad and iPhone do what this tweak does... Without using this tweak... I've jb'd using redsn0w ... If I restart my jb apps don't work but my devices boot up... I have use just boot and then my jb apps work... So no I don't have a untether jb ... Mine is semi-tethered ... Just like this so called tweak....
      In reference to the iOS 5 redsn0w jailbreak BEFORE this tweak:

      If somehow u got ur iDevices to do a full reboot but w/ limited function then you somehow got lucky!!! The majority of us encounter the Apple Logo constantly on after a reboot. We have to hook to a computer and 'Just Boot' to get our phone working again.
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Well heres my thing... on both of my devices... i was at 4.3.3... jailbroken... and for my iphone i used redsn0w and created a custom firmware... so no baseband update... and my ipad... i just did a dfu restore.. and jb'd both with redsn0w... so does redsn0w already have this tweak... or whats going on here.. cuz honestly... i find it strange i've been able to do this all along...

      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Hey laugh for a while, Im joking with you...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      Well heres my thing... on both of my devices... i was at 4.3.3... jailbroken... and for my iphone i used redsn0w and created a custom firmware... so no baseband update... and my ipad... i just did a dfu restore.. and jb'd both with redsn0w... so does redsn0w already have this tweak... or whats going on here.. cuz honestly... i find it strange i've been able to do this all along...
      That's just odd that u were able to use your ip4 and iPad on iOS 5 after a reboot...
      Like I said...you somehow got lucky cuz this tweak is not in redsn0w...yet
    1. unreach's Avatar
      unreach -
      Back up before you install this
    1. Newbee123's Avatar
      Newbee123 -
      My i4 work fine with tether (off course I have to use iBooty).With semitether, iTune gave me the error and I got "No Service". I tried to uninstall and reinstall ultrasn0w but still "No Service".