Apple is intent on significantly upgrading the much criticized iOS Maps, and it’s looking to recruit more manpower to this end.
As first reported by AppleBitch, the Cupertino-based company has just updated its “Jobs at Apple” webpage with new listings for mapping software engineers. No less than ten such listings were added to the page, all of which were posted just yesterday.
All of the listings bear the title “iOS Software Engineer – Maps,” except for one, which is titled “Software Engineer – Maps Navigation.”
The listings call for software engineers who are apt to assume responsibilities ranging from “rendering of 3D flyover models, mesh generation of terrain, road rendering” to “dynamic label layout of road labels, points of interest and other labels on the map.”
Maintenance and improvements of Maps’ supporting frameworks and Siri components are also mentioned in at least one of the listings.
Google Maps, which was relaunched on iOS as a new app in December last year, had been the infrastructure behind Apple’s Maps app since the launch of the iPhone in 2007. That was up until the release of iOS 6 last September, when Apple decided to come out with its proprietary mapping solution.
But Apple’s Maps app had received widespread criticism for its various inaccuracies. This criticism prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue a public apology for the subpar product. It also led to the firing of Apple’s iOS head, Scott Forstall, and its maps manager, Richard Williamson.