Apple brought a brand new Maps application to iOS 6 that includes features such as turn-by-turn navigation, flyover maps view, and three-dimensional mapping images. Despite the negative rap that the new Maps application is getting, it’s even more depressing to see that only the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPad 2, and the new iPad are getting the new features in the Maps application. The iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4G are all left out of the fun.
Thanks to iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich, you can now easily enable these bonus features in the Maps application on your older devices with a new free jailbreak tweak called Unlock iOS6 Maps. Just install the tweak, and you’re good to go – you can use all of the new Maps features on your older iOS devices capable of running iOS 6.
As it appears, Apple was in their right minds to disable these features on some iOS devices. These features are very sluggish in terms of performance on the iPhone 3GS, but they do run slightly smoother on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. Likewise, it is still slightly sluggish regardless of the newer CPU and GPU in the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G.
Currently, the iOS 6 jailbreak is tethered and only supports devices with the limera1n exploit. The current version of redsn0w also will not install Cydia on your iOS 6 device. If you want to install the tweak via SSH (redsn0w installs an SSH tool on iOS 6 for you), then you can open a terminal window in your favorite SSH client such as WinSCP and run the following script:
apt-get install com.rpetrich.unlockios6maps
Requirements: iOS 6
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Editor's Rating: 5/5