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Most of you by now would be aware that Google has finally released its maps application for iOS. But there was one slight problem and that is; Google Maps is only compatible with iPhone and iPod touch, which meant those iPad & iPad mini users were left out of this amazing experience from Google. But thanks to the jailbreaking community we can now experience full screen Google Maps on the iPad using RetinaPad.
Google Maps for iPad
If you have been following the jailbreaking community for quite sometime, you would recognize one Cydia tweak that might be found on many iPad’s. I’m talking about RetinaPad.
RetinaPad is a Cydia tweak developed by Ryan Petrich. It allows users to make an app “compatible” with the iPad, making the application go “full-screen”.
Although we have the “2x” button which makes apps go full screen on the iPad but the quality degrades. Once you press the 2x button you can easily see pixels making the experience simply awful. So to make apps look compatible on the iPad by making them full screen without the degrade in quality, we have RetinaPad.
RetinaPad is a Cydia tweak which means you will need to have a jailbroken iPad in order to download this awesome application for the iPad. So definitely give it a try.
Those of you who want to get the complete experience of Google maps should also download MapsOpener which will open Google Maps instead of Apple Maps when opening links on your iOS device.
There is another Cydia tweak called FullForce which does the same thing as the RetinaPad; making applications go full screen on the iPad. But there are slight hiccups when using FullForce such as you won’t be able to see the sidelines on Google Maps. So I suggest you go for the RetinaPad.
Until Google releases maps for the iPad, RetinaPad is the best option for you.