Many People have been searching the Differences on some terms commonly used among jailbreakers.
– Differences on ‘Jailbreaking’ and ‘Unlocking’.
– Differences of ‘Tethered’ and ‘Untethered’ Jailbreak.
Let’s explain them:
Jailbreaking vs Unlocking:
– Jailbreaking: When the user gains access to the root of his device. By Default, users are able to access only their apps placed at their Springboard (Main Screen). If the device is jailbroken, you can access the system files, unlock features that Apple forbids, modify and improve the Performance of your Device and gain a better experience. Hence, when you jailbreak your iDevice, Cydia is installed that allows you to install any package that Apple doesn’t provide or doesn’t allow to be installed on a non-jailbroken device.
– Unlocking: When you buy a device with a contract (with AT&T, Verizon etc…) your device is LOCKED. In other words, you are not able to use any other carrier on that device. Apart from the condition that your DEVICE IS UNLOCKED using Ultrasn0w. Also, since Ultrasn0w is a Cydia Package, to unlock your device is required to have already jailbroken it.
Unlocking is a term used also in every device that is “locked” to a carrier. (Not only the Apple-Ones)
Tethered vs Untethered Jailbreaks:
– Tethered: A Tethered jailbroken device is a fully jailbroken one. However, it cannot be booted alone; it requires a tool like Redsn0w to be tethered booted. Else, the Device won’t be able to boot into your SpringBoard.
– Untethered: An Untethered Jailbreak is when your device is NOT TETHERED. When it is untethered, your device is fully jailbroken and fully operational. You can boot your device without the need of a computer or any tool like Redsn0w.
– Semi-Tethered: A Semi-Tethered Jailbreak is when your device is fully jailbroken and semi-operational. You can boot your device without the need of any tool or PC, however you are not able to use some functions of your device like (eg.) Safari. Nonetheless, you are able to use Redsn0w to boot and use a fully-operational device.
I hope I anwsered your questions on these Jailbreak terms. If you need more explainations, please feel free to comment below…