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Maps on iOS6 = Suck

Let me preface this by saying that 1) iOS6 is currently in beta 2) I am posting from a Filipino perspective.

Ok so Apple and Google have been going at it for awhile and another salvo in their war is: Apple dropping Google Maps from version 6 of their iOS platform.

Let me show you in five pictures... The first two Google Maps images are a hybrid and map only view of Greenhills. The third image is staples center in 3D, the last two are Greenhills hybrid and map only using Apple's new Map app.

The Google Maps images are from my old palm Treo Pro (yeah, remember those?) because I only have one iOS device and I'm not flashing back to iOS5.

If you do not reside within the US, maps will most likely suck. If you reside in the Philippines you should stick with the map only view because the hybrid view is useless, we never got street view but you will miss that when you are traveling. I might compare navigation as the beta progresses.

Google Maps, Hybrid view: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Google Maps, Maps view: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Staples Center, CA, USA

Apple Hybrid view: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Apple Map view: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan


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Tips & Tricks|Orientation Aware Backgrounds

I just wanted to share some stuff I learned over at xda-dev's forum today.
Anyway as the title states this is about today themes and Orientation Aware Backgrounds. It's really quite simple
All you need is 2 images [3 if you want to change the Start Menu image as well] of the proper resolution.
tdywater_320_240.gif [Landscape Image] = 320 x 240 image
tdywater_240_320.gif [Portrait Image] = 240 x 320 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 190 x 290 image
tdywater_640_480.gif [Landscape Image] = 640 x 480 image
tdywater_480_640.gif [Portrait Image] = 480 x 640 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 399 x 586 image
What you do is copy the files to \Windows directory and viola! Orientation Aware Backgrounds!
Notes: The theme's default images will be used once you switch themes. So you would need to copy the files back again to \Windows dir for it to work again, what I do is I have placed Wallpaper sets in ZIP files on my Storage Card so I can change and change as desired.…