To Tether or not to Tether?????
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm on the fence when it comes to jailbreaking my iphone 4 on ios 5.0.1! I've done plenty of jailbreaks in the past, but they were all untethered! Yet i want to jailbreak now, but i still have a few unknowns when it comes to a "tethered jailbreak". First up, i understand that if your phone reboots, it's unusable until i can get to a computer and reboot it with redsnow. But does that apply to resprings??? I have also read that some people have random reboots when they are on a tethered jailbreak, so is that common??? When my phone had an untethered jailbreak, it never had random reboots. My next issue is, how reliable is the "semi-tether tweak"??? Would you all recommend that i grab the "semi-tether tweak" if i jailbreak??? My last question is, if i decide i don't want the "tethered jailbreak", can i restore back to stock ios 5.0.1 if i have my shsh blobs stored??? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
- 11-24-2011, 06:28 PM #2
hi there, i am currently using the iPhone 4 on iOS 5.0.1 jailbroken with redsn0w and using the semi-tethered feature. everything has been working great. in fact i was using semi-tether on ios 5.0 also. there were a couple of hiccups, for me, when semi-tethered first came out but after a few updates i am convinced it is the next best thing to the Untethered
i too have read horror stories about random reboots while being tethered but never have experienced one myself. it is true that if your phone shuts off, for whatever reson, while being tethered the device is unusable until you do a tethered reboot. this is where the semi-tethered comes along, it lets the devcie come back but only to use some of your stock apps until you can do a tethered reboot. so my opinion is its all relative to what you are loading onto your device. don't get crazy with apps/tweaks until you have done some investigating (hint: ask us here)
regarding blobs and iOS 5.0+; currently there is no way to save blobs since Apple has changed they way they are configured (probably on purpose) so if you decide if a tethered jailbreak is just not for you then you can restore to 5.0.1 or whatever the current OS that Apple is signing.
my thoughts on the future of jailbreaking may just simply consist of tethered with the use of semi-tethered and that's not a horrible thing. could be worse. don't forget when you jailbreak tethered you'll have to do a tethered boot right after to activate the Cydia app properly. Resrpings are fine with a tethered jailbreak, you can respring all day if you want. there are very few apps/tweaks that will require a reboot but either way i would keep all your tweaking to only when you're near your computer
if you do it and have questions feel free to post back in this thread and we can help!
- 11-24-2011, 07:01 PM #4
- 11-28-2011, 10:37 AM #5
I've had nothing but good experiences with semi-tether so far. No random reboots. I installed a cydia package while out which required a reboot and the phone rebooted and I had access to test/phone, most stock apps. No safari or e-mail though. Semi tether has a setting that will enable safari on a tethered boot but it opens up some security holes so I haven't used it. Was all good until I got home and did a tethered boot. My only issue is that a few of my icons for apps downloaded from Cydia (iFile, SBSettings, MyWi, 3G unrestrictor etc..) periodically turn grey. it has no impact on functionality of the apps. Just kind of annoying for someone who has OCD regarding their phone.
- 11-28-2011, 11:01 AM #6
And bear in mind that with SemiTether you can still get online using an app store browser (Atomic, Mercury, etc.). It's just the native Safari that won't work, if you choose not to use the patch. I believe you can do the same with Mail--just use the gmail app, for instance--but someone correct me if I'm wrong.
- 11-28-2011, 11:35 AM #7
If you decide to JB, I hope you enjoy it!
- 12-28-2011, 11:01 AM #8
I agree with talkin73 about the instability. When I owned the iPhone4 with iOS 5, I had a tethered jailbreak. I had a situation where I was out of town and my iPhone crashed and rebooted. I was without phone access for 4 hours until I could get to a computer and boot tethered. Incidently, the semi-tether was released afterwards and I installed that. But with jailbreaks there will be conflicting apps and tweaks so I was nervous even with a semi-tether.
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