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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. adebeci's Avatar
      adebeci -
      If some body need safari, can download oPlayer, its free and have a built-in browser!!!

      so, if u need mail, wait to get home!!!!
      lol
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I'm so stoked about that because I have been in all of those situations where I had no computer to boot a tether. Sweet job bigboss
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      It also is semi-tethered when you don't have any mobile substrate tweaks installed. Also if you do install a tweak that relies mobile substrate you can uninstall it and it will still boot up. However you will be in the semi tethered scenario.
    1. prozac4312's Avatar
      prozac4312 -
      Will Opera and/or Skyfire work with this?
    1. nataliesn's Avatar
      nataliesn -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      "You are not Semi-tethered and will be able to reboot your iDevice in a Semi-tethered state." not = now ?
      I never heard about "semi-tethering" - do you mind explaining ?

      Thanks,
      Natalie,
    1. prozac4312's Avatar
      prozac4312 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nataliesn View Post
      I never heard about "semi-tethering" - do you mind explaining ?

      Thanks,
      Natalie,
      Did you read the post...?
    1. Acostanavy's Avatar
      Acostanavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      Why can't people just be patient and wait for a Jailbreak. I really want Siri on i4 and don't mind waiting. I just hope it comes out by Halloween.
      It's not that your patient, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT WAIT!!!! Patience is if you wait 1 month when Siri comes out (notice I said when it comes out) to download it. Will you do that?
    1. kressley's Avatar
      kressley -
      Even with this tweak, I still cannot boot unless I use Redsnow. It just hangs at the apple logo.

      Edit. just had to wait longer. Should have read the instructions closer about the 90 seconds to boot...
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I went to install this and it wanted to remove.

      Please read the site rules no piracy or warez discussion allowed.
    1. Chad711's Avatar
      Chad711 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I went to install this and it wanted to remove bad apps
      why you are at it why don't you just paint a big red target on yourself? LOL
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I went to install this and it wanted to remove ***** and ************.
      Hey I think I know you. Weren't you a troll over at qj.net in the psp section.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I went to install this and it wanted to remove [scary things].
      That's a feature, not a bug.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      I'm still waiting for a soft reset surely they must be able to do so.Was thinking can't we boot to the first part of the os, or reload all files instead of hard rebooting, this would mean all tethered would be untethered unless you powered off or done a forced power off.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Megaorange View Post
      Hey I think I know you. Weren't you a troll over at qj.net in the psp section.
      Troll? I think your the troll for following me around different forums and accusing me of being a troll.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Troll View Post
      Troll? I think your the troll for following me around different forums and accusing me of being a troll.
      ^^^
      Troll
      (not that there's anything wrong with that)
    1. sannwal's Avatar
      sannwal -
      Its not too useful, its not rebooting, just stuck on apple logo OR on round sign..............not rebooting.......not rebooting.....................................any solution............................i installed 5 or 6 cydia tweaks only.......
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      I don't see myself updating no time soon as I'm still on 4.2.1... Keep up the progress!
    1. tforst's Avatar
      tforst -
      do you guys know how many times i've had to wait til i was near a computer to get my phone back up and running again? This tool is great, thanks a lot... at least now i'm not dead in the water when my phone dies or if i have to restart due to no service (unlocked iphone user here)....thanks
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I went back to 4.3.3 and waiting for a full unteather and 5.01 before I upgrade. 5.0 is way too buggy.
      What are you smoking?
    1. krisyouk's Avatar
      krisyouk -
      is anybody else having trouble with winterboard correctly theming app icons after installing semi-tethered?