Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

Summary: Are you an app developer looking for a new job? Do you like maps? Then Apple might have the dream job for you.

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Are you an app developer looking for a new job? Do you like maps? Then Apple might have the dream job for you.

The Cupertino giant has posted not one, but two employment postings for the job title "iOS Maps Application Developer." The job descriptions are identical, citing that Apple is looking for "a proactive and hardworking software engineer to join our team." Along with the usual technical requirements and communications skills, the lucky two selected for these jobs will have to work at the Santa Clara campus.

Sure, these seem like run-of-the-mill job postings. But naturally, the listings have already generated buzz about whether or not Apple is planning to revamp iOS Maps entirely. Currently, the Maps app for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod touch is powered by and relies heavily on Google Maps. And with the way the app for iOS devices stands now, it can't act as a GPS navigation device like a TomTom (or even an Android phone).

This isn't the first time that speculation arose about Apple possibly ditching Google. Apple has already picked up Placebase and Poly9, mapping companies that would help Apple build its own mapping databases rather than relying on a competitor up the road.

GigaOm points out that an iOS 5 preview is expected to pop up in April, hinting that we could see something then. Unless these job positions are filled immediately (or other developers are already hard at work on a redesign), that seems unlikely. However, a preview is just a preview, so we could be surprised shortly.

[via 9to5mac]

Topics: Software Development, Apple, CXO, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, IT Employment

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  • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

    The next thing would be Search engine I think and then Apple will say "So long Google, nice knowing you"

    I like the competition.
    Ram U
    • Theoretically nothing prohibits Apple from going into search business since

      @Rama.NET: <b>Google turned into evil, destroying status quo: Eric Schmidt decided to make Android look like copycat of iPhone UI -- after sitting for years on Apple board of directors.</b>

      However, it is not necessary that Apple will enter itself into search business; lets see.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

        @denisrs
        Yes, but getting into search business definitely makes sense for Apple. I would love them to get into that business.
        Ram U
    • But how will Apple's policies

      @Rama.NET <br>in regard to what is appropriate and what is not in reference to the iPhone and iPad affect the use of the maps?<br><br>If a person wishes to find directions to a "gentleman's club" will Apple's map direct you to a church, instead, as they feel that you need the guidence?
      :|
      Tim Cook
      • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

        @Mister Spock
        That would be nice. ;-)
        Ram U
    • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

      @Rama.NET Why, just reach out to MS for the Search Engine...

      As for the Maps, Google is considerably ahead in this area.
      slickjim
      • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

        @Peter Perry
        Sure. But I would definitely welcome if Apple decides to do it. Because competition is good always.
        Ram U
      • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

        @Peter Perry On phones, Nokia is far ahead. Their mapping software is the only real reason to have a Nokia phone now. It also looks like Nokia maps could be part of the deal between MS & Nokia.
        DJL64
      • Open source maps

        @Peter "Google is ahead" can't argue that but would be nice if user-input to Google maps (additions and corrections) were submitted routinely here as well... www.openstreetmap.org The bulk of geo-data is from government sources, paid by taxpayers. No surprise Google's been smart in providing a mechanism for user (free) updating.

        Would be nice if Apple, or any other entity, could devote resources to innovative USE of the map data and not redundant map data compilation.
        UnCommonCents
  • tomtom?

    If apple really wants to be in the navigation business, including in-dash car infotainment systems and location based advertising, they should buy tomtom.
    bastian3
  • Apple is mapping Google's destruction

    while the monkeys at Google wander aimlessly -- lost amiss their toys and forest of failed products
    iPad-awan
    • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

      @iPad-awan Yeah, I forgot, the Newton and the Lisa were failed Google products... How much did Microsoft invest in Apple to keep them alive again?
      snoop0x7b
      • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

        @snoop0x7b<br>Why do you keep posting on subjects you don't know anything about? Neither the Lisa nor the Newton failed. While the Lisa 1 was hardly a success, the Lisa 2, along with mac ROMs, was subsumed by the macintosh project, and became the Macintosh XL. I do believe the mac platform is still around.<br>The Newton CERTAINLY can not be considered a failure. The Newton was discontinued by Jobs, not because in was a failure (it was not, it made a considerable profit) but on Jobs' return to Apple, he jettisoned many projects in order to focus on the central aim of creating the iMac. This included settling the law suit against MS for BLATANT theft of code from QT, for use in Video for Windows, what eventually became WMP.<br>The Newton's legacy is the iPhone and iPad. Failures all.

        This is not to say there weren't Apple failures: the Pippin being the prime example. But you make clear in your posts that your information base consists not of facts but of the surface scrapings from popular internet memes. You don't post from knowledge, you just regurgitate what you heard, without even bothering to check the facts.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

    It would be good not to have Google logging all the places I visit with my iPhone. One more piece of Google spyware avoided.
    jorjitop
    • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

      @jorjitop
      Chuckle....
      Have Apple log it instead. ;)

      Six of this, half dozen of that......
      rhonin
  • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

    Cough ripoff of google maps cough. Start the Xerox machines Apple...
    snoop0x7b
    • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

      @snoop0x7b

      Troll.
      DeusXMachina
  • RE: Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?

    Only 2 guys to take on this massive undertaking? I'm almost certain that GOOGLE has a whole department dedicated to pushing directions to my EVO. Good luck with that Apple!
    worldbfree4me
    • Learning to read

      @worldbfree4me<br>Please indicate anywhere in the article that it is even implied, let alone stated, that only two people are working on this project (not to mention that it is not even stated WHAT the project is, so you have no idea if google has ANYONE working on something similar).
      DeusXMachina