The jailbreak community has always valued an untethered jailbreak over a tethered jailbreak. Technically, a tethered jailbroken iOS device requires help of a computer to load its kernel. Whereas, an untethered jailbroken iOS device is capable of loading its kernel on its own at each startup.
Though an untethered jailbreak is superior to a tethered jailbreak, but there are some overlooked pros of a tethered jailbreak as well.
Here, 5 Most Important Advantages of A Tethered Jailbreak Over An Untethered
#1: No waiting for enjoying the jailbroken new iOS
The first and foremost advantage of a tethered jailbreak is that it is the first jailbreak solution to any new iOS release. A tethered jailbreak is easy to achieve and require fewer efforts as compared to an untethered one.
You can have your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running the latest jailbroken iOS and enjoy all the benefits of the new iOS. On the contrary, the untethered jailbreak is always made available after a long wait.
# 2: Supports all iOS devices
Tethered jailbreaks are mostly available for all iOS devices. You will find tethered jailbreak solutions for the latest iOS devices as well. Whereas, it takes in a lot of jailbreak coder’s hard work and time to release an untethered jailbreak for the latest iOS devices. The untethered jailbreak applications for the latest iOS devices also contain some bugs and handicaps that limit their use and functionality.
The tethered jailbreak applications are more robust and encounter fewer bugs as compared to their untethered counterparts. Many a times, existing tethered jailbreak solutions are sufficient to achieve a tethered jailbreak on the new iOS release and no new development is required. This saves on time and effort involved in jailbreaking.
#3: Stay current; no issues with accidental iOS upgrades
If you are an untethered jailbreak user, you must have experienced the jailbreak coder’s call to stay on the earlier stable iOS versions. You are forced to use the same old iOS version when the new iOS version, packed with new features, is already around the corner. The untethered jailbreak users suffer the most in the event of an accidental upgrade. Their untethered jailbreak is lost and they are stuck until the coders develop an untethered jailbreak for the new iOS release.
The tethered jailbreak users always stay current. They need not worry about the accidental upgrades as there is always a tethered jailbreak available for them. Mostly, the coders release the tethered jailbreak prior to the official public release of the new iOS.
#4: Limited functionality is ensured
In the event of a jailbreak failure, the tethered jailbroken iOS devices are less vulnerable than an untethered one. They can at least make use of semi-tether boot to restore their basic functionality. An untethered jailbroken iOS device on the other hand, becomes totally non functional. The whole jailbreaking process has to be carried out again to bring up the device in case of an untethered jailbreak.
#5: Simplicity is beautiful
The tethered jailbreak is the simplest jailbreak option. There is almost no user intervention required and all the efforts are carried out by the tethering software. No technical expertise is desired from the user side. It is not actually a very big headache as it is not a daily business. Your device may not run out of power every day. It may be only once or twice a month when your iOS device will power down and you will require a computer to power it up. The process of tethered booting is pretty fast and consumes just two to three minutes.