Courtesy of Ryan Petrich, we have uncovered a hidden feature of Google Maps for iPhone, dubbed the “Topography Mode” or “Topographical Layer”. Petrich installed this hidden feature via the Cydia repository (tweak which can only be performed on jailbroken iPhone). Check his tweet below:
What does this feature do?
For readers who don’t know what Topography Mode really is, it is basically a feature that gives you the ability to view topographical details on a map, or in other words a user gets to view more details about the environment displayed in Google Maps (just like the image below!).
Step#1: Head over to Cydia > Manage > Sources > Edit and insert the following repo and then hit the “Add Source” button:
Step#2: Wait for Cydia to finish with the process of adding the new source then you may use the Search bar to search for Topography package.
Step#3: Finally, select the package and install it as usual.
Once the package is installed and your iPhone is completely rebooted, you should see an extra option of topographical view in the Google Maps app upon searching for any location. Here’s the video of it, watch it after the jump: