iOS 6 jailbreak allows old maps to return

By Posted 25 Sep 2012, 05:34

When users consider an iOS 6 jailbreak they would normally look at the new features made possible from doing so, and considering the problems reported with iOS 6 / iPhone 5 maps it makes sense for a fix to be on the minds of those jailbreaking. Yesterday we saw a sign that the old Google maps could make a return, which is made possible after an iOS 6 jailbreak.

Just like the news of the first iPhone 5 jailbreak being achieved within 24 hours, so did the possibility of Google Maps returning to iOS 6 come via Twitter, which is thanks to one hacker posting a short message explaining that an iOS 6 jailbreak could get the old maps “mostly” working. The hacker uploaded a video demo to YouTube, something always welcomed for further proof, and this showed iOS 6 and an iPhone 3GS running the previous maps.

You can see that video below this article that’s titled Google Maps on iOS 6, but sadly leaves problems for iPhone 5 owners considering we don’t know if this works for the latest hardware. It is also worth noting that this hack is still not perfect, and problems are being experienced on iOS 6 with the 3GS hardware, which includes crashing of the old app. Once this is fixed then the hacker explains it will be distributed to public, so this is at least a positive sign that an alternative is likely coming in the following weeks for those that jailbreak iOS 6.

Thousands are happy with iOS 6 maps and see no need to jailbreak – we have noted problems in the 3D view before, but the 2D maps are mostly working fine and strange looking roads have only be seen on the 3D view. We’ve heard about problems with locations being in the wrong place, and the turn-by-turn sending users down wrong ways of a dual-carriage way, which is certainly bad news for Apple. This will likely see a fix once Apple receives more user feedback and thanks to maps being a cloud based solution, you can expect fixes on the fly without a need to update the firmware to iOS 6.1.

iPhone 5 with iOS 6 maps shows a temperature improvement – We performed some tests in the UK yesterday with an iPhone 5 running iOS 6 without a jailbreak, and our hands-on review using the new GPS options left us impressed. We had no problems traveling for 4 hours to and from Heathrow Airport in the UK. Something else worth noting is how cool the iPhone 5 hardware kept during this review, which previous hardware (4S) would get much hotter when using GPS for such a long time. The improved specs and iPhone 5 redesign have made a massive difference to operating temperature.

If you always install custom software on your new iPhones as soon as possible, then doing so with an iOS 6 jailbreak will be a no-brainer considering you’ve enjoyed the benefits already like the popular Cydia app. Will you jailbreak the new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 software right away, and if possible would you install the old maps?

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