The software highlight of Apple’s WWDC on Monday was undoubtedly iOS 6. The iOS 6 was long awaited and most people expected it to be released on WWDC. Most people also expected Apple to replace Google Maps with its own. The fruit company did not disappoint. And neither did the Maps app itself.
Although this replacement is definitely one of the most exciting developments that iOS 6 has brought to us, owners of older devices are understandably not too thrilled. Since this is Apple we are talking about, older devices are not going to able to enjoy Apple’s seemingly awesome Maps app just yet. These devices are the iPhone 4, 3GS and iPod touch 4G.
As usual though this will not actually sway many people to buy the newer devices like with Siri. Rather, people will successfully port Maps to older devices. Yay for workarounds and all the awesome developers and people who come up with these alternatives. This time around it’s Russian site iGuides who’ve rushed to the rescue. A member known as iTony has tried to unlock 3D capabilities of older, A4 devices. Apple will definitely not be too pleased with the progress he’s made. For the rest of us though this is immensely encouraging news as iOS 6 was only revealed on Monday. Less than a week has gone by and what many would say is the best feature is already on older devices. Hence, people with older Apple devices really have no reason to be sad about Apple trying to restrict iOS 6 to newer devices.
iTony has had a bit of trouble with the turn by turn navigation feature of the new Maps app. The process is also sadly complicated on older devices because iOS 6 does not have access to iOS 6 at this point in time. Thanks to Cydia users are used to easily installing a .deb file thanks to Saurik, the founder of Cydia. Without access to Cydia, the whole thing isn’t quite as simple anymore.
Still, it can be done. And if you want the Maps app really badly on your older devices, the guide below is worth trying out. It is slightly trickier than your average guide so please keep in mind that TechSliver is not responsible for any resulting issues. Before you begin, follow the usual precautions.
Note: Jailbreak iOS 6 Beta on your device using Redsn0w before you begin! (Google is your best friend). iOS 6 Beta can only be legally downloaded from the Dev Center.
Step 1: Download the required .deb from the source site here.
Step 2: Open a terminal app on your device or through SSH and the type what’s given below:
apt-get install mobilesubstrate
Step 3: Next you’ll need to load the .deb file onto your device in /var/mobile via WinSCP (Windows) or Cyberduck (Mac), before entering:
dpkg -i com.alpden.3denabler_1.0_iphoneos-arm.deb
Step 4: To be safe, reboot in order for the changes to take effect.
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