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ClassicMaps: A Google Maps substitue for your iOS 6 device

Google Maps has been badly missed by iOS 6 users but a developer based in Tokyo has created an app that looks and feels like the former for Apple fans.

The app called ClassicMap is an application for iOS 6 based devices that works like Google Maps. It actually uses Google Maps to let you zoom out or in of the map and it also shows you your location.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have all the features of the original Google Maps app.

The ClassicMap doesn’t give its users directions to locations. Unlike the Google Maps, where it gives you directions when you go for a walk, ride public transits and driving directions.

It also is not very formidable when you ask him to search for an address.

As a free app, it does well in some aspects and fairs badly to some. But since Apple pulled the plug on Google maps, then it would be Apple’s loss and Google’s gain.

So how can this be a good substitute to Google Maps you may ask? Well, it is a good app that looks like the latter and you can even prank your friends that you have hacked into installing it on your new iPhone 5.

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Maps Tip: Google Street View is back on iOS 6… in a way

It is no secret that certain aspects of Google Maps have been missed in the new Maps in iOS 6. The most notably missed feature is the Google Street View, and of course, the accuracy and sheer functionality of Google Maps.

Sure, the new Maps app in iOS 6 had some great features as well. One of the most notably useful features not found in the previous Google Maps based solution was the turn by turn navigation found in the new Maps app. Apple tried to replace the Google Street View with the Fly Over effect.

While the Fly Over is certainly an eyeful for areas supported, its usefulness is nowhere near Google Street View. After all, the average Joe will need to view the location on the street level where they will be when they visit the location in question. They can’t really tell street level landmarks so high up in the sky. Fly Over is basically just eye candy.

Apple apologized about the lack of pure functionality in their Maps app. It still lacks a lot of data, misplaces a lot of locations, and labels landmarks incorrectly. Their navigation system is still a hit and miss, but at least it is there. For basic mapping solutions, in case you need to look up an address correctly, Apple’s Tim cook directs you to 3rd party solutions, even mentioning Google Maps.

Google Maps is not yet available as an app in the App store. It can only be accessed via Safari by going to maps.google.com. The mobile site works mostly like the desktop version of Google Maps, but it was missing one of the key features that navigators were looking for: Google Street View capabilities.

Thankfully, Google remedied that fairly quickly by launching an update to the mobile Google maps application by introducing Google Street View to the mobile code. Users can now look up many locations and view it on the street level.

The problem is, porting Street View to the mobile site is a monumental task. What Google has placed on the mobile version is what you can call a “lite version” of Google Street View. There were still many locations that were not included in the mobile version but available in the desktop version. It can also run a bit slow and does not have the same zoom level as the desktop version. Apple’s safari browser can only access this much, but it is still a very welcome improvement and a sigh of relief that Google is doing something about it.

Meanwhile, Apple is steadily working to try and figure out all the things wrong with their maps application. Word is that Apple is tasking their staff to locate and report inaccurate map data or map anomalies to the maps division. Since people are avoiding using the Apple maps application, they have to turn to their own resources to be able to gather mapping and location data for the improvement of their maps offering. If all goes well, Apple maps may yet take center stage.

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Most of the iPhones are running on iOS 6

Although the iOS 6 upgrade has faced a ton of ridicule from people who are disappointed with their Maps app to their WiFi connectivity problem, the iOS 6 update by Apple has been downloaded by at least 60% of iPhone owners already.

According to Chitika Insights, the majority of the iPhones are already running this newest version of the Apple operating system, while the iPad on the other hand has 45% of owners already downloading the latest update.

For the iPod Touch, only 39% are running on iOS 6. The first two versions of the device can’t be upgraded to iOS 6.

The iOS 6 update was rolled out by Apple a couple of weeks ago, and 24 hours after it became available 15% of the compatible devices are running on iOS 6.

Although the iOS 6 app has received its fair share of criticisms following the failure of their native Maps app, Tim Cook is trying to soothe the angry mob by making third party maps app available for download. The Apple CEO went as far as writing a letter to apologize for the failure.

Have you tried the iOS 6 on your Apple device and what was your experience?

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Apple iPhone 5 data leak plugged with a carrier update

It would seem that Apple has no shortage of problems recently. It looks like their new iOS 6 was buggier than they had initially thought. When the update came to compatible devices, there were numerous issues regarding the Wi-Fi connection. Either it was not connecting, or even though it connected, it had issues with the connection, preventing it from actually being useful.

Then there was the Apple iOS 6 Maps fiasco that Tim Cook had to publicly apologize for. It was simply one of the worst product launches they made, pitching an incomplete and buggy app as a “main feature” of the new OS. It was so bad; they had to actually point their users to download 3rd party mapping solutions.

Apple also had problems with user complaints with the new iPhone 5 black edition, which was found to be very easy to scratch despite its durable aluminum frame. The complaint was met with a rather lackluster reply from Apple, indicating it as a normal phenomenon for aluminum devices.

Now, the company faces another issue, which could impact people’s wallet more than the rest: excessive cellular data.

It would seem that the new iOS 6 had a data leak problem, where even if an iPhone was connected to a Wi-Fi network, the iPhone would still use the cellular data to connect to the internet. The issue seems to be localized to Verizon wireless iPhone 5, but some users of the iPhone 4 and 4S seem to be having data issues as well.

The issue has been linked to the beta feature called “Wi-Fi + Cellular” which was present during the beta stages of iOS 6. This feature never made it to the final product, but its ghosts seem to haunt Verizon iPhone owners.

In theory, it would seem that the feature was not completely removed from the operating system and was left on by default. The way the feature works is, if the Wi-Fi connection is deemed to be weak or unusable, the device would instead use the cellular network for internet related services. Since the update apparently messed up the Wi-Fi driver of the iPhone, the feature detects the Wi-Fi connection, as unfit to for the task, and silently feeds on cellular data instead.

It would seem as if the feature was kept on by default, but since it was removed from the interface, there is no way to manually turn it off. If left alone, this could cause unexpected high data charges in customer’s bills at the end of the billing period. While Verizon’s version of the iPhone is the only confirmed carrier to have this issue, a minor amount of AT&T users claim to have the same issue on iOS 6.

Apple has elected to resolve the issue for Verizon by launching a “Carrier Settings” update. The update is expected to turn off whatever protocol is urging the phone to use cellular data even though the device is connected to a known working Wi-Fi network. This still does not address the current Wi-Fi instability that users are complaining about, but it is a quick fix to avoid huge bills for customers.

Even though the update is pushed over the air, you are not likely to get the update, unless you know how to activate it. To get the update, you need to go to your settings app, then to the general settings, then go to the “about” page. Wait a while and the update should pop up. Choose OK to install it. Once installed, the user needs to restart the phone to apply the effect.

To restart, simply push and hold the “sleep” button and swipe the option that says “turn off”. Just turn it back on to see if the update is applied. To check the update, simply go back to the “about” page and look for the carrier version. It should read “Verizon 13.1”.

It looks like releasing the phone “unlocked” has inadvertently unlocked the plug for cellular data usage. Thankfully, this update puts a cork to that gaping hole. Users of other versions of the iPhone are encouraged to monitor their data consumption and report immediately if any irregularities are found.

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Apple having problem with WiFi connectivity in iOS 6?

Apple recently updated the software versions of their devices and people have found a lot of reasons to bombard the company with criticisms and insults.

Not only is Apple having a hard time to make believers out of their native Maps app, but a number of users of iPad, iPod touch and iPhone owners who have updated their operating systems to iOS 6 find it hard to connect to WiFi.

According to CNET, some users can connect with WiFi, while at times they couldn’t.

Some users have even reported having difficulty in connecting to a Netgear WiFi router, although this problem can be solved by simply downloading a new firmware for the router.

Other individuals said that while they can connect to a WiFi network, the WiFi connection is very slow.

On Apple’s support pages, a number of individuals have aired problem in the AirPlay connectivity on their iPad 2s. Since updating their iPad 2s to the latest OS, it has ceased to function properly.

Apple has still not released a statement regarding the WiFi problem that their users have been experiencing.

Have you updated your Apple device to the latest iOS 6? Do you experience the same troubles?

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Apple iOS 6 Maps app isn’t that bad, according to Steve Wozniak

If we ask Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak what his experience with the new Apple Maps app was, his answer would be is that it isn’t that big.

According to ZDnet Australia, Wozniak was quoted as saying, “I have been reading about the problems, and I don’t know if they are that severe.”

Though he admitted that there really is a problem with the current Maps app in the iOS 6 but he doesn’t think it is a cause for concern.

According to Wozniak, “I tried to navigate somewhere, and I couldn’t get to where I wanted to by voice (…) I don’t know yet about Maps – I’m a little worried about the navigation, but I’ve still got it covered with a bunch of other navigation apps.”

Well, if that’s the case, having additional maps really isn’t a problem. But I guess Woz does have a spare device, a Samsung Galaxy S III maybe?

The clamor behind Apple’s own Maps app have spread through the Web like wildfire. Even celebrities blamed the Maps app for getting them to work late.

Adult film actress Brooke Banner tweeted, “Dear iPhone, your new maps fu**ing suck! Once again you’ve made me late and sent me the wrong way. Get it the f**k together. Sincerely, BB.”

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Apple won’t allow Google Maps on iOS 6, despite Google’s willingness

As they say, there is a reason why they broke up in the first place. The only problem here is it is because of Apple’s own ego. After all, their visionary leader wanted Google out, and despite how many would claim Steve Jobs won’t go this far, you may have forgotten how outrageous his whims were.

Apple maps are atrocious, and have no place being a main feature in a phone that was meant to “just work”. Sure, there are plenty of alternatives in the App Store, but most of them cost money, and the free ones are not as complete as the previous mapping application.

There are those who have taken their browsers to the Google Maps mobile page to be able to make use of Google’s mapping solution until their expected release of a Google Maps app in the App Store, much like how Google released a YouTube app when YouTube was removed from iOS 6. If you were hoping Google is close to releasing something like that right now, we may have to dampen your spirits.

According to Eric Schmidt himself, they are not even working on a Google Maps solution for the new iOS 6. Apple just won’t let them. Apparently, they are on constant talks, trying to negotiate terms on how to move about with adding their mapping solution to the 3rd party list of mapping software available in the Apple App Store.

Eric was so bold as to even suggest that they thought Apple should have just stuck to Google Maps. This was in light of the recent release of the Nexus 7 in Japan, where Schmidt himself spoke on stage to demonstrate the Google Maps 3D view, which can be manipulated by sensors within the device. He was so bold to say “Take that Apple”, but then follows up with a “That was a joke by the way.”

As they say, jokes are half meant, and with the bad blood going around between Google and Apple, I wouldn’t be surprised if he more than just jokingly meant the little quip during the Google Maps presentation.

If Apple wanted to, they can get Google Maps back; Google is more than willing to offer their services. The problem is, Apple doesn’t want them back, and they probably won’t approve of a Google Maps app either. Looks like those of us in iOS 6 will just have to look elsewhere, or make use of the website.

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Hacker successfully installs Google Maps on iOS 6

If you’ve downloaded the iOS 6 update for your iPad and your iPhone, you’re certainly outraged with the decision of Apple to ditch Google Maps for their own iOS maps app.

The majority of the feedback that we have been getting are neither good nor bad. It is outright awful.

But one jailbreaker was able to find out a way to bypass the iOS maps and install the ever loved Google Maps app from iOS 5.1 to the updated iOS 6 iPhone 3GS.

According to Ryan Petrich the hack is “still crashy and cannot be distributed to the public yet, but it mostly works.” He posted a video of his achievement in YouTube which you can find here.

But Apple for their part has been saying to their clients to be more patient with their iOS maps app. They said that the company is trying their very best to improve the experience of its users.

The iOS maps app that currently comes preinstalled in the iOS 6 suffers from inaccurate location data. Compared to Google Maps, the current iOS maps app that Apple iOS 6 device carries as of the moment looks like 5 years behind.

Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Mr. Petrich finds a way to perfect his hack so that Apple users may once again enjoy Google Maps.

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iPhone 5 jailbroken hours after release?

An American man is claiming to have jailbroken an Apple iPhone 5, just hours after the device went up on sale at Apple Stores.

According to AllThingD, Grant Paul of San Francisco was able to bypass the restrictions of the iPhone 5 and jailbreak it.

Paul said to AllThingsD that, “I started working on it the day before the iPhone 5 was released, and I had my iPhone 4S jailbroken on iOS 6 in a few hours.”

“Then, once I got an iPhone 5, it was even easier; it took just about half an hour from first turning it on to a jailbroken iPhone 5,” he added.

Jailbreaking enables an individual to bypass many restrictions initially placed there by the manufacturer or in this case, Apple. iPhone jailbreak allows owners to download apps that are not available in the App Store and it also enables them to customize the device more than an un-jailbroken iPhone.

Paul added also said, “I want to stress that the biggest impact of this is to allow other jailbreak creators to start working no their own jailbreaks. In the past, this same set of methods to get into the device has helped other gain enough access to create and test a jailbreak that does end up being released to the public.”

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Google Maps update now on-live!


As Apple rolled out their new iOS 6 operating system, Google doesn’t want to be left behind as the company simultaneously released an update to their Google Maps for Android and legacy devices.

Apple has broken ties with Google Maps on their iOS 6 OS and has developed their very own maps.

The Google Maps update features live traffic information, Google Maps street view, driving, public transit, biking and walking directions, detailed maps with 3D buildings, maps for select airports, retail stores, hotels and many more.

At the same time, users can also have access to local searches and view reviews of businesses. The update also includes the ability to zoom with one hand by double tapping, holding then sliding a finger on the screen.

The Google Maps update also enables users to sync their previous maps and searches on other devices.

This can be done by users by logging in to your Google account and enable web history.

Google Maps is indeed a great help to mankind. With the roll out of their latest update, this will only improve the experience of users when they use Google Maps.

You may download the update on your Android and legacy device right now and experience the new Google Maps.

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