by Joe White
May 17, 2013
Jailbreakers will know the danger of restoring one's iDevice is that iTunes will auto-upgrade the firmware on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, potentially to an "un-jailbreakable" version of Apple's mobile operating system. However, one forthcoming app for Windows, OS X, and Linux promises to allow users to perform a "semi-restore" on their iDevice - that is, to part-restore one's iPhone or iPad without having iTunes upgrade to a newer version of the iOS. The news reached us from iDownloadBlog, who explains:
That’s where a new app called Semi-Restore claims to be able to help. It will, according to its website, allow jailbroken users to refresh their devices with the firmware that’s currently on the device. For example, if you’re running iOS 6.1.2, you can clean the device and semi-restore to 6.1.2. It’s not a full restore, because doing so would force you to upgrade, but it might be the next best thing, especially if your device is having problems or is running slow.From what we understand, Semi-Restore will not require SHSH blobs or AP tickets, and will only allow users to part-restore to their current firmware. Nevertheless, this could be an application that jailbreak fans will appreciate - especially those looking to wipe their iDevice clean without losing the ability to jailbreak it. At the moment, Semi-Restore is said to be 60 percent complete. We'll let you know once the application is available to download, and will keep you updated if any further news becomes available beforehand. In the meantime, for further jailbreak related news, see: Cydia Tweak: Googiri Combines The Best Of Both Siri And Google Voice Search, Cydia Tweak: JellyLock Lock Screen Tweak Updated With New Features, and Cydia Tweak: LockBar Settings Lite Is Finally Ready For Action.