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If you pay attention to the jailbreaking scene, you’ll be aware that the current state of jailbreak is not a good one. Currently, all A5+ devices cannot be jailbroken on the current iOS version, 6.1.3 or 6.1.4. Apple has stopped signing the iOS 6.1.2 firmware, which is the last firmware compatible with the Evasi0n untethered jailbreak.

Whilst this isn’t a huge problem for many jailbreakers, after all you can just choose not to update your firmware, it becomes an issue when you need to restore your device to stock iOS. You might need to do this for many reasons, such as a problem with a certain package or setting, and until now the only way to do so was to lose your untethered jailbreak. Enter Semi-Restore.

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Semi-Restore is a Mac or PC application, which brings a one click restore to your jailbroken device, but what is special is that it will not erase your device’s jailbreak. This is an extremely useful tool, and I’m extremely excited it’s finally arrived. All you need to do is head over to the Semi-Restore website: semi-restore.com, and download the specific software for your operating system. After doing this, the video embedded below will walk you through the very simple how-to process:

Note: Semi-Restore is compatible with all jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 5.0 through iOS 6.1.2.

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This tool comes as huge relief to me, and many other members of the iOS jailbreaking community. It has always been a nightmare trying to figure out how to workaround issues with your iOS install, but this no longer is the case. With an incredibly simple one click interface, you’ll have as close to stock iOS on your jailbroken device as you could hope for.

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I would advise backing up your device before attempting this process, to ensure no critical data is lost during the restore. However if you’re having problems with a totally bricked phone, for instance, it may be better to perform a totally clean install and remove the added variable of a potential corrupt backup. I’m extremely happy and excited that Semi-Restore has arrived, it should save us all a lot of hassle!

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