Earlier we posted a tutorial on how to get the semi-tethered jailbreak for you iOS 5. This jailbreak tweak will allow you to get the closest to an untethered jailbreak for your iOS 5, but it wont be an actual untethered jailbreak. There are many advantaged to this type of jailbreak until we get the untethered version, and we are here to show you why.
Firstly, you can get it now by either following this link, of if you’d rather see it done infront of you then you can follow the video below.
And now back to our main discussion. Why is a semitether useful??
As of no we only had the tethered jailbreak for the iOS 5, and therefore you would have had to preform a tethered boot every time you reboot you jailbroken device. The only problem with this is that the book needs you to be near a computer to be able to complete it. So if say you are out or at work or anywhere where there isn’t a computer with RedSnow and for any reason you need to reboot your idevice then your device will be inoperable until you get it connected to your PC. This is clearly a real hassle.
Now, with the SemiTether, your idevice will not need to be connected to a computer every time you reboot it. You can very easily reboot your device anywhere you are, away from the computer and it would work fine. However, as you may have guessed from the name “Semi” it does not act as a completely untethered jailbreak. So the downside it that you will not be able to have access to the jailbreak apps or tweaks that you have installed, you can’t use Safari, or web browse which means there will be no Mail access. To fix this you would need to preform a normal tethered boot and all is restored.
Not all is bad, there is some good news though, with the Semi-tethered you can text and use SMS, as well as other stock iPhone apps. If you think about it this is much better than the previous tethered version which did not allow you to do anything unless you preform a complete tethered reboot near a computer. I guess you could think of the semi-tethered jailbreak to be a temporary phase that allows you to still use your phone until you get to you computer.
We at SmashiPhone appreciate this middle phase which would make using the jailbreak a lot easier until we get our hands on the real untethered jailbreak. Let us know what you think below.