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Hope someone here can help me. I have been given an iPad 4 (newest version with lightening connector) which is stuck in soft DFU mode with a black screen. Redsnow gives this as the mode it's stuck in. I have no idea how it got to this position, I've just been asked to try and rescue the data from it. Apple store has already had a look and the "genius's" couldn't do anything with it.

I need to try and save the data on the device if I can so I'm looking for a way to kick it out of soft DFU and get it to either boot (preferred) or even into regular DFU so I can maybe tether JB or something. I just need to save the data.

I have tried, Redsnow, iReb, Tiny Umbrella all failed to kick it from the loop. Holding buttons to reset doesn't work just boots straight back into the soft DFU mode with no apple logo ever appearing. Always constant black screen.

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asked 17 Jul '13, 03:20

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Redsn0w will not work on an iPad 4 in any way, and it is not possible to tether that device -- there is no bootrom exploit. Try holding home+power together for a full 60 seconds. If you still get nothing on-screen, you have a hardware problem.


answered 17 Jul '13, 03:25

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The info I've been given is that the owner was using the notes app to take notes and mid sentence the ipad went to black screen and has been the same since.

I guess it could have failed at that second, just haven't heard of iPad's doing that before but first time for everything I guess.

Normally wouldn't be an issue, I'd let Apple just replace but the owner is desperate to recover the notes information he was typing up.


answered 17 Jul '13, 04:00

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