Apple has posted a new job listing for a Maps Web UI Designer, which the Cupertino, Calif. company hopes to have working on an elusive, “new secret project.”
More specifically, while Apple is associating the Web UI Designer role with its Maps software, which is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – as of OS X Mavericks – the Mac, the advertisement seeks out an individual to “design, develop, and maintain complex front-end code” for this “secret project.”
Further responsibilities include:
Document and build unit tests for your code. Work with operations, QA, and product management to maximize product effectiveness.
Apple indeed notes in its job listing:
You would be joining a small team working on an advanced web platform upon which many of Apple’s future services will be based.
The possibilities, therefore, are endless. It could be that a Web-based Maps app is in the works, akin to Google Maps but powered by Apple’s own software. This in turn could be built into iCloud, and it could utilize the impressive M7 coprocessor included with the seventh-generation iPhone 5s in order to offer users an intuitive location-based Web service.
MacRumors also notes that Apple is still using Google Maps to power its Find My iPhone service at iCloud, and it may be that this, too, is related to the aforementioned job posting. With its own mapping software having launched for iOS and, in the near future, OS X, Apple is clearly going to want to move away from Google Maps entirely in the coming years.
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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