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.

Source: iGuides
Via: iDownloadBlog