November 29, 2009
According to a job listing discovered by MacRumors, Apple is looking to hire an extra software engineer to work on its iPhone maps app. Here is the position as described by Apple :
The iPhone and iPod touch Maps team is looking for a proactive and hardworking software engineer to join our team. The iPhone Maps application is used by millions of customers and it's the best mapping program on any mobile platform. Now with iPhone OS 3.0, the MapKit framework allows any developer to embed a fast and easy to use map right in their application. In addition to the Maps application and MapKit framework, the Maps team is also responsible for the new Compass application as well as other location-based services (LBS) on iPhone and iPod touch. [...]We want to take Maps to the next levelNot only it's rare to see Apple get so specific about a job listing, but it's also interesting to see this happening just a couple months after Apple bought its own mapping company (Placebase). Would be Apple developing its own mapping application to get rid of Google and differentiate itself from the Android?