Thursday, 9 May 2013

Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage in France

3D Flyover, a headline feature of Apple’s in-house mapping service available on compatible iOS 6 devices, initially included only a handful of U.S. cities. The last major expansion was in March, when Apple added 3D Flyovers in twelve new cities – including such venues as Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower – and expanded Flyover coverage in more than a dozen U.S. cities.

Today, the company added 3D buildings for Paris, France and surrounding areas. I have a feeling iDB’s own Sebastien Page will have lots of fun playing with Maps on his iPad…

French blog reports that new 3D Flyover data includes Paris, France and the areas like Aulnay-sous-Bois, the Versailles, Disneyland Paris and L’Hay-les-Roses.
Here’s Disneyland.

Apple Maps (Flyover, Disneyalnd, Paris)

At press time, Apple’s iOS 6 Feature Compatibility web page did not acknowledge expanded Flyover coverage, listing only Lyon, France. Following the widely reported Maps woes, Apple has been pretty quiet on the mapping front. That’s not saying Apple is standing still – quite the contrary.

Apple Maps (Flyover, Versailles, France)
Here’s Versailles.

In a series of small updates, Apple has been steadily improving reliability of underlying Maps data and correcting inaccuracies. Two months ago, the company advertised a number of job openings calling for software engineers with the specific focus on improving the iOS 6 Maps app.
This includes so-called Ground Truth managers tasked with confirming that the stuff shown on satellite imagery really exists, especially for renderings of landmarks such as the Hoover Dam and Brooklyn Bridge.
Limited manpower is a prime reason why Apple’s Maps in certain areas fall behind Google, which has been perfecting its cloud-based mapping service over the course of nearly eight years.

Apple Maps (Flyover, Aulnay-sous-Bois, France)
And this is a 3D view of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Last December, it was reported that Apple was “aggressively” hiring former Google Maps engineers in an effort to bolster iOS 6 Maps.

Coincidentally or not, the iPhone maker was recently rumored to be interested in buying Waze. Despite the positive rationale behind such an acquisition, talks fell apart.

The Cupertino firm uses Waze data in Maps and Waze CEO Noam Bardin recently commended Apple’s efforts by saying iOS Maps offering is “definitely getting better.”

He also warned that Apple may be hostage to its vendors, like Waze rival TomTom (they’re “challenged”) while cautioning that Google “has an unlimited war chest to better its apps.”

And in the latest twist to the Apple Maps saga, TechCrunch has confirmed that the social networking giant Facebook is buying Waze for the reported $1 billion.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Status of iOS 6.1.3 Untethered Jailbreaking

A lot of iPhone / iPad users who have accidentally updated to the latest Apple firmware hope to hear good iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak news. However, hackers haven’t released a new exploit that is capable of performing untethered jailbreak for this operating system yet.

The infamous Evasi0n tool can helps users with devices running iOS 6 and up to version 6.1.2. The Cupertino-based company patched some of the exploits discovered by these folks and their Evasi0n program became useless after the update launch.

Do hackers say when iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak release date is? What do we know about its status? Let’s see what news we can share with you.

ios 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak status

Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3: Rumors

We cannot make you happy as one of the hackers from the Evad3rs team, Pod2j tweeted that these folks were not working on the jailbreak people expected to see. They are currently waiting for another major release which is most likely iOS 7.

You should understand yourself that it is useless to develop iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak untethered since Apple can easily kill it with the next iOS 6.2 or iOS 7 release. It is better to save energy for this firmware presentation and release untethered iOS 7 jailbreak. Do you agree?

iOS 6.1.3 Untethered Jailbreak Status

If you still wish to jailbreak your iPhone you can do this using Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 program and Snowbreeze 2.9.14. They will give you tethered jailbreak only, but this is still a good solution to users who have iPhone 3GS and 4 models or iPod touch 4G running firmware v6.1.3.

Who will present us with the untethered jailbreak for the next mobile operating system? This might be the Evad3rs or Joshua Hill who is also working on jailbreak program development.

In case you haven’t upgraded to iOS 6.1.3 you might like to avoid this update and stay on iOS 6.1.2 which can be untethered jailbroken using Evasi0n jailbreak.

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