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Apple iOS 6 can be hacked to run Google Maps app

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Now Google has been wiped off the map in Apple’s iOS 6, hackers have inevitably stepped in to find an alternative

The fuss over the new Apple Maps is not showing much sign of dying down any time soon. As reported earlier, Apple is tying to hire ex-Google staff to make its much derided new application better and Google itself is said to be at work on a dedicated iOS 6 Google Maps app.

A different solution has been found by iOS hacker Ryan Petrich, who posted a YouTube video to announce his work in progress.

He has seemingly managed to get the old Google-made iPhone Maps app working on iOS 6. However, he has not yet fine tuned the process enough to reveal how anyone else can do the same, as Petrich says it is “still crashy”.

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As expected, the app itself is sourced from a previous version of iOS.

The Next Web has confirmed that the hack only works on a jailbroken iPhone. If you’re an early iPhone 5 adopter, the good news is that it has already been cracked to run Cydia Store software. As the website speculates, “If Apple Maps doesn’t get its act together soon, Cupertino will have created a very good reason for Apple users to jailbreak their devices.”

In the meantime, Petrich does not have a release date for his hack either. This is due to a few unresolved issues. “Currently it requires binaries from both an older 5.1 SDK and an older 5.1 version of iOS and is thus not redistributable,” he told TNW. “Also, I’ve only gone through the effort to support the official Maps app and not the in-app MapKit views that are used in Foursquare and other apps. If the redistribution problem can be solved, I intend to add an option to bridge embedded map views over as well.”

Via The Next Web

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