Tuesday 25 September 2012

Video of Google Maps running on iOS 6 released

The iPhone 5 and iOS 6 have been facing a lot of flak due to the buggy iOS 6 Maps app that replaces the original Google Maps app on iOS devices in the new OS update. According to UnleashThePhones, a hacker named Ryan Petrich has released a video of Google Maps running on iOS 6.

Petrich has been able to get Google Maps running on an iPhone 3GS operating on iOS 6. He managed to port the Google Maps app from iOS 5.1 with some hacking trickery. Petrich has said that he won’t be able to release the app in public as it is still unstable, but he has managed to get most of it working. The hack will require a jailbroken device.

The iPhone 5 was recently jailbroken. Developer Grant Paul, a.k.a. Chpwn, recently tweeted a picture of an iPhone 5 with the Cydia app installed. Here is the tweet by @chpwn: "Taller screens like Cydia too. :) pic.twitter.com/fE14vXN2"

The Cydia app is the best proof of a jailbroken Apple device. The app is its own app store that lets users buy and download apps. These apps let them better customise the phone to their liking. The tweet was posted on the same day as the iPhone 5 was released. The jailbreak is not been released yet, as there may still be bugs to work out. The jailbreak of the iPhone 5 gives hope for devices running on the A5X chip and iOS 6, although devices running on the A4 chip and iOS 6 can already be jailbroken.

Here is a quick look at the highlighted features of the iPhone 5:
4-inch, 326ppi Retina display at 1136 x 640 pixels,
8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, 720p front-facing camera
16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions

Made entirely out of aluminium and glass, the iPhone 5 weighs merely 112 grams, is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is the thinnest iPhone yet at 7.6 mm thick. Apple has chosen to debut iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 and the new OS includes Apple's own Maps app, an updated version of Siri and lots more. Overall, the new iPhone has been upgraded in almost all respects.

One of the biggest changes to iOS is the addition of Apple’s own Maps app in the place of Google Maps, which Apple has done away with. The new Maps app has a built-in search for local points of interest, with over 100 million possible suggestions. Other features of the Maps app include navigation, routing, 3D maps, satellite imagery – that wraps around the 3D maps – and the ability to get directions directly through Siri. Most of the standard features of the Maps app, including satellite view, are available in almost all countries the iPhone ships to.

Siri has also been updated and new features include support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations, movie listings, Facebook-enabled apps such as Photos, Safari browser, Maps, and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud.

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