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    Default This is how SemiRestore allows you to restore without losing your jailbreak

    After someone posted some BS about a new jailbreak for 6.1.3 and another post about someones iDevice was freezing I began looking for a fix. Most ppl just restore the iDevice and it will most def. fix the problem, but I came across this and this may be a fix as well. Soon you will be able to do a Semi-Retore. Source is at:






    Recently there has been a pretty big buzz about an upcoming release dubbed SemiRestore. We posted about it a few days ago. It’s not out yet, you can check its progress here, but I wanted to use this post to prove to you that it does indeed work as described.

    SemiRestore claims to be able to let you restore your device without necessitating the need to upgrade your iOS device’s firmware. This is extremely appealing for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason of them all is that it would allow you to restore your device without losing your precious jailbreak.

    As you know, Apple stopped signing iOS 6.1.2 after iOS 6.1.3 was released. iOS 6.1.2 was the last firmware susceptible to the evasi0n jailbreak, so it’s a precious firmware in the eyes of those who like to tinker with their phones. From Apple’s standpoint, it’s obvious why they opted to fix the exploits used to make evasi0n function. Apple owes it to its users to ensure that iOS is the most secure platform that it can be. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make the jailbreak community any less disappointed at the loss of an untethered jailbreak

    To make matters even more grim, Apple has rendered downgrading virtually impossible, and that includes simply restoring your iOS 6.1.2 firmware back to iOS 6.1.2. So what if your iPhone or iPad starts running really slow? What if you genuinely needed to restore your device? If so, then kiss your jailbreak goodbye. That pretty much sums up the predicament that we find ourselves in. For that reason we’re always extra careful not to install any tweaks or apps on our devices that might cause problems.

    And that, folks, is where SemiRestore has come in to save the day. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I’ve tested it out myself, and I can assure you that it works pretty well. It’s not a genuine full restore — hence its name — but it’s probably the next best thing to a legitimate restore, and will help you regain the stock feeling of a fresh installation of iOS. The best thing about it? You won’t need to upgrade your firmware, and because of this, you won’t lose your jailbreak. Full demonstration inside.

    SemiRestore Video Tutorial


    How to perform a SemiRestore

    All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with my experience with SemiRestore. I was highly skeptical at first, but I’ve done it twice on my device, and it worked both times. One thing that I should mention is that my terminal window hung up a few times, but it didn’t impede the SemiRestore at all.

    SemiRestore removes pretty much everything from your device, so proceed with caution. It removes jailbreak tweaks, App Store apps, files, photos, notes, reminders, settings, music, and any other personal data. Just go into it expecting it to remove everything. You need to backup your device and save off any important stuff before you begin. True, it’s not a full restore, but it’s the closest thing to a full restore, and should therefore be treated with respect.

    After the SemiRestore was completed I was left with a stock looking iPod touch. Literally, everything was reset back to defaults. It’s almost as if I’d completely restored it using iTunes. The big difference with SemiRestore is that I was able to maintain my iOS 6.1.2 firmware, Cydia was still there, and so was iFile. Other than that, everything seemed to have been restored back to stock.

    One word of warning. If you need to restore your device for some reason, I mean perform a real restore that’s guaranteed to remove any data, then you want to do the real thing. Otherwise, you run the risk of maintaining some of that data on the device.

    Final Verdict

    SemiRestore is a legitimate way to gain back some of the stock form on your jailbroken iOS device. No, it’s not a true restore, but there’s nothing that will get you closer to stock than this. Yes, there is always some risk when you go poking around your iOS device, but in the times I used SemiRestore, it worked pretty much flawlessly. I wouldn’t go around restoring my device every time I felt it was slowing down, but this is a great tool for those in dire need of a restore, but don’t want to be forced to upgrade their firmware and lose out on a precious jailbreak. Again, there is no current ETA, but there are evasi0n inspired progress bars available on semirestore.tk, the official website for SemiRestore. Special thanks to @coolstarorg, the developer of SemiRestore for hooking us up with an early beta copy.

    What do you think? Would you consider using SemiRestore on your iOS device?

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