Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6 is great, but one downside of the application is that its best features require A5-enabled iDevices, meaning iPhone 4 and original iPad owners can’t enjoy 3-D maps or turn-by-turn navigation. However, less than one week after iOS 6 beta 1 was released for iOS developers, one Russian hacker has successfully managed to port both features to an iPhone 4 handset.
The news hit the Web in two YouTube videos, which we’ve embedded below. As you can see, both iOS 6′s impressive 3-D maps feature can be accessed on the iPhone 4 handset, and turn-by-turn navigation can also be enabled.
There are a number of issues with the hack – mainly, that it looks as if it needs a little more work. Obviously, the hacker behind this port wanted to complete it as quickly as possible, but if users are hoping to use these new features on a daily basis the hack is going to have to be worked on a little longer, from what we understand. (Though it should be stressed that iOS 6 is prerelease software anyway, and even those running the new Maps app “officially” from developer-registered iDevices will run into bugs.)
The other issue with the hack is that, unless you can read Russian, the only English version of the instructions available will be a poor Google Translate edition. Though, perhaps if you know your stuff, this won’t be such a problem – otherwise try to find a Russian-speaking friend, if you don’t already have one.
For instructions on porting iOS 6′s 3-D maps and turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone 4, head over to iGuides – with any luck, once iOS 6 is released to the general public in fall, the jailbreak community will come up with an easier means of making the port. Below, we’ve included the aforementioned videos for your viewing pleasure.