Apple is reportedly recruiting developers who have had experience working on Google Maps. It seems the sudden interest the Cupertino firm has in Google Maps experts has something to do with the Apple Maps mess. The Maps app replaced the search giant’s mapping service when iOS 6 rolled out.
Apple recently rolled out the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. Nothing much has changed with the new software, but the biggest change is the Maps app. The Maps app is Apple’s new mapping service that offers a new 3D view of cities, which replaced Google Maps. Unfortunately, users noticed that the new app misnamed landmarks and was riddled with bugs. Owners of iDevices who upgraded to the new software were outraged by the glitch-plagued Apple Maps and demanded that the Cupertino firm bring back Google Maps on the home screen.
According to TechCrunch’s source “with connections on both teams”, the iPad and iPhone maker is making use of recruiters to grab a lot of cartographers that have worked with Google in the past. It looks like former Google Maps developers will soon be waving a banner bearing the name of Apple.
The former Google Maps developers who have found themselves at the end of their contract with Google seem to keep finding their way to Apple, after being contacted by recruiters and being offered generous wages.
Furthermore, job postings from Apple suggest that the company is on the lookout for mappers with more experience. The source adds Apple is “going out of its way to lure former and current Google Maps employees” with the intention of besting Google Maps.
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