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Hackers Prevent iOS 6 From Turning Into Android
June 15, 2012 11:05 AM
This week at WWDC,
) proudly highlighted just how fragmented
) continues to be. Despite last year's promises to work with carriers like
) to promptly update devices to latest and greatest OS, Android remains a messy, splintered platform.
And Android isn't the only one with the problem. Fragmentation has already plagued
) thanks to
. And once
(RIMM) debuts, RIM's entire existing product line of phones
will be completely obsolete
By comparison, Apple and its proprietary hardware allows iOS to be a wholly unified experience. That is, until iOS 6 arrives.
As Apple is wont to do, devices only a few years old tend to be summarily forgotten as newer, more capable hardware debuts. While it incentivizes users to upgrade every year or two, those who stick with an iPhone 4 are already feeling the pinch.
iOS 6 will be compatible with the iPhone 4, but some of the platform's niftier features -- like 3D Flyover and turn-by-turn voice navigation in Apple Maps -- will be exclusive to devices running A5 processors. So that means iPhone 4 users will be digitally "grounded" while searching for the nearest bar.
However, a few industrious Russian hackers at
discovered a method which grants iPhone 4 users the pleasure of flying high over Apple's
Maps program. Though the workaround is very code-heavy, there likely will be a simplified version at some point in the future.
In the meantime, enjoy a couple Russkies rocking a fully featured Apple Maps on their iPhone 4.
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