iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich has managed to port the older Google-powered Maps application to iOS 6. Above, Ryan demonstrates the Google-powered Maps application running on his iOS 6 device from a video he uploaded to YouTube, which he shared in a Tweet some time ago.
As we know, Apple has been under fire from users about the iOS 6 Maps application, which appears to be having accuracy problems, lacking features, and lacking user-friendliness when compared to Google Maps in iOS 5 and older. On the bright side, it does at least bring us turn-by-turn navigation. This is a feature that the iPhone has lacked for so long and was necessary to finally add.
It is not known at this point in time if Ryan will be releasing the port to the public any time soon, but if he does, it will require a jailbroken iOS 6 device. Currently, only the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4G can be jailbroken by the public on iOS 6 (tethered unless you have an old bootrom iPhone 3GS). iOS hacker chpwn was able to jailbreak an iPhone 5 on the release date, but that jailbreak is still far away from a public release.
For now, Ryan is playing around with the Maps application, which he cites as “mostly working,” but still prone to crashing. Hopefully some kind of workable port can be launched to the public through Cydia in the future. Better yet, hopefully Google will launch their own Google Maps solution to the App Store.
Sources: Ryan Petrich via AppleInsider