If you have an iPhone and you are a fan of the Cydia store, then surely you know about the jailbreak tools out there, including redsn0w, sn0wbreeze and the like. iFaith is another name which is no stranger to the jailbreak community. It is a tool that can be used to save SSH blobs of your iOS device, using which you can later revert back to an older version of iOS. SSH blobs can be thought of as an imprint of everything your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is, in terms of hardware and data. With iOS 5, it has become impossible to revert back to an older version, but with iOS 5.0, you can use the latest version of iFaith (v 1.4) and restore your device to its older state with ease. This can prove to be a crucial choice if your iPhone is not factory unlocked and you are using it as a hacktivated device. Saving your iDevice’s SHSH blobs prevents your iPhone’s baseband from upgrading, keeping it on one that is compatible with ultrasn0w or Gevey SIM.
What made iFaith different from solutions like Cydia itself and TinyUmbrella, is the ability to grab SHSH blobs from the device itself, even if they weren’t already stored. With iFaith 1.4, you can do a lot more than what was possible with its older versions. The tool has been revamped to work with iOS 5, and you can dump unsigned iOS 5 blobs and save them for future use. Here are some of the features which have just been added to iFaith.
- The tool now works better with Windows XP, as full support for that OS version has been added. Previously, you needed a Mac or Windows 7 if you wanted iFaith to do everything without any glitches.
- iFaith is now really fast as compared to the previous version. This means you won’t have to wait for as long as before for the tool to finishing dumping (saving) your SHSH blobs to the specified destination.
- The biggest change which iFaith has undergone, is that now it supports iOS 4.4x and some of the later versions, which means you can revert back from iOS 5 with ease. This also implies that blobs for Apple TV 2 can also be dumped using iFaith 1.4.
Having said all this, do keep in mind that using this tool, you still won’t be able to restore to iOS 5 from iOS 5.0.1 or above. You can download iFaith 1.4 from the link given below.