• BigBoss Updates Semi Tether Package - Improves Stability

    Just last week, BigBoss released a package on Cydia called SemiTether, which allowed users to reboot their tethered jailbroken iOS 5 device without the need to connect it to the computer. It wasn’t a full tethered boot though (hence the name) and limitations arose along with several reported issues. BigBoss recently released a new version of SemiTether (v0.91), which incorporates the new mobile substrate by Jay “Saurik” Freeman. The new semi-tethered mode is supposedly more stable.

    BigBoss mentioned the following in his release:

    v0.9.1 incorporates Saurik’s new mobile substrate. Thanks to Saurik, we are entirely rid of all the daemon patching – this means there’s no more daemon patching or restarting. Most the semi-tether work is now done by mobile substrate. The semitether package from the repository now protects your iOS 5 notification center plugins and gives you the option to patch mobile safari so that it will work on the non-jailbreak reboot mode. I’m still looking into patching mail, if possible.
    Below are the list of changes found in the update:

    1. Much more stable with new mobile substrate
    2. Can patch safari so it works in the non-jailbreak reboot mode
    3. App to monitor the status of your semitether and reapply. Check after cydia installs.

    What the semi tethered mode does is allow users who have used a tethered jailbreak for their iPhone to at least use it for some of the basic functions upon having to restart their iPhone (without having a computer nearby). Previously, because of the required tethered boot, if your iPhone for any reason was restarted, you would be stuck at the Apple logo until you went to a computer and used RedSn0w’s “Just Boot” option. With the update, you can use the Phone, Messages, and every other stock app on the iPhone (including Mobile Safari with this update). You still cannot use the Mail app (although you can use a gmail app for example from the App Store instead) and no Cydia tweaks or apps work either (which is a given).

    BigBoss did provide a word of caution though regarding the updated version, which can be found below:

    This new version will definitely solve all the flakiness problems we had in the past. However, be aware that this is a total rewrite of mobile substrate. Until this appears in a community source, you are beta testing so installing it is entirely at your own risk.
    All in all, if you find yourself often stuck waiting to have to perform the “Just Boot” feature in RedSn0w then you may want to consider using the Semi Tether package from BigBoss. If you don’t have any issues with the tethered jailbreak, it is recommended that you avoid using the semi tether until further notice.

    Did any of you decide to get it? If so, share any experiences below!

    Source: BigBoss
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BigBoss Updates Semi Tether Package - Improves Stability started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      I have it. To me, this is just as good as a untethered jailbreak. I am usually near a computer so this is and emergency tool for me. I have to say, the GUI is a great add on! And now we can use safari! This is great. Thanks!
    1. 05VIIII's Avatar
      05VIIII -
      Does anyone know why this tweak un-installs inst allous?
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      will this work with itunes?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Not sweating an untether jb with this combo add the great safari patch works and next patch mail and were cooking with Crisco lol
    1. abcderick12's Avatar
      abcderick12 -
      "semitether" isn't in my BigBoss repo..
    1. Alwaysonthebolts's Avatar
      Alwaysonthebolts -
      Any one else get a pure white icon called semi tether after installing. And you gotta add a repo, it's like http://bigboss.org/semitether I think.
    1. FunnySideUp's Avatar
      FunnySideUp -
      I jailbroke my iPod with snowbreeze, so would this be compatible with the cfw?
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -
      Will this work on the 4s when the jailbreak gets released? (hopefully soon)
    1. SupaSpill's Avatar
      SupaSpill -
      i still cant find semitether...help??
    1. Puka1701's Avatar
      Puka1701 -
      Will it need to work on the 4S? I believe the A5 exploit is untethered.
      Edit: Semitether is in a separate repository: http:// thebigboss .org/semitether/
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      You can find out more about Semi-tether in the original news post from about a week ago (also mentioned in the article) Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - BigBoss Releases Semi-Tethered Jailbreak Tool
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by 05VIIII View Post
      Does anyone know why this tweak un-installs inst allous?
      I can venture a guess...
    1. Chuck1969's Avatar
      Chuck1969 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I can venture a guess...
      Hahahaha! Awesome
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SupaSpill View Post
      i still cant find semitether...help??

      If you can't find it in the bigboss repo add this repo to your sources

      Then search for it you should find it now.
    1. Lukemulholland's Avatar
      Lukemulholland -
      Glad its been updated, the first release drove me nuts!
    1. Crotia's Avatar
      Crotia -
      I have the repo but theres no update available as far as I can see, I have 0.7.9-1
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but always at the end of the reboot, it is stuck on a frozen respring logo. Anyone know how to fix this?
    1. czarcasm's Avatar
      czarcasm -
      soo what, once my phone is restarted if i want cydia and other apps to work i have to reboot it with redsn0w and it will work fine?
    1. 05VIIII's Avatar
      05VIIII -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I can venture a guess...
      Whats your guess? Why are they forcing me to delete something I want?
    1. Jwrbloom's Avatar
      Jwrbloom -
      Question about a tethered jailbreak. If I have to reboot, which happens quite a bit installing apps off of Cydia, do I have to keep putting it in DFU mode, or can I just reboot then hit the Jailbreak Now button?
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