A couple of weeks ago we reported the arrival of a tethered jailbreak for iOS 5, and now it looks like we’re one step closer to having a full untethered jailbreak for the operating system. It’s been reported that there now exists a semi-tethered version of the jailbreak – which means that you can reboot your phone with your computer but if you do, your phone won’t have access to some functions (if your iOS device is using a tethered jailbreak, you won’t be able to reboot it without a computer).
So what can your phone do in a semi-tethered jailbreak state? Well you’ll be able to make calls, send texts, run stock apps (the default apps that come with the phone except Safari, Mail (you can use third party alternatives though), you can’t use any jailbreak tweak, app, or Cydia until you boot tethered (there’s a chance of getting stuck in a respring loop).
While you won’t be able to use a whole lot of functions, it’s still much better than a tethered jailbroken phone. If you’d like more details on how to semi-tether jailbreak your phone, head here. Take note that it won’t work on the iPhone 4S – developers are still trying to figure it out.