Apple publicly commented on the ongoing criticism of its new Maps application last week, essentially asking users to be patient, as the service would get better over time.

But patience is a hard thing to ask for in a space as competitive as the smartphone market. So it looks like Apple is going to help speed up the process with some ex-Googlers…

An ex-contractor, who worked on Google Maps, speaking with TechCrunch:

“Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord. One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him. He had heard rumors for a while that Apple was going to develop its own in-house mapping platform, and given his experience at Google, he was an easy hire. Apple went out of their way to bring him down to Cupertino and he’s now paid hansomly as a GIS Analyst.”

He goes on to say that he knows of other people who have been contacted by Apple as well. In fact, he says that one of his ex-coworkers has already gone through two rounds of interviews with the company for a product development manager position on its Maps team.

Maps is a huge initiative for Apple, and it has a lot of catching up to do. But luckily, the things it’s going to take to do that — money, talent — shouldn’t be hard for the company to find.

  • Rajat Solanki

    but what is google is doing for so many years apple cannot do so fast
    it cannot make it great as google maps

    • And never will. Google is specialist on that. I bet if apple made a search engine u would say the same.

  • this is good to hear

  • I’m an Android user and a Google fan. But for everyone hating on Apple maps, remember : Apple maps barely completed the week as official. Google has been around for a decade.

    • macboy74

      Thank you. What the hell is peoples problem with maps that just came out. It took Google 7 years to make their maps great.

      • Uri

        And… why should I care? What I do care is that I had great maps and now I have this s**t. I don’t wanna wait to get, over time, what I already had.

      • you will get 2: the google one probably in the next weeks and the one from Apple, why is that so bad?

      • Uri

        I’m not saying that’s bad, I’m saying that the argument that “you have to be patient, we will get there” is ridiculous. We already had a great solution (that, probably, will always be better than Apple’s).

      • Had a solution ??? Google refused to re-license bro.

      • have you not searched APPLE MAP FAILS and looked? It’s bad enough that not even my wife is willing to update to iOS 6 because of how crappy the Apple maps are doing on things. It’s like being on acid and watching inception.

    • yet, they forced an inferior product on to everyone using iOS 6. So Apple expects people to stick with them and beta test the hell out of their maps and hope that most people won’t mobile web the hell out of Google maps

    • Hyr3m

      Google maps was much better when it came out… and they were far from having the same kind of ressources or managerial push… Apple should stick to the only thing they’re good at : marketing.

    • The thing is they shouldn’t have made everyone use an unfinished product.

  • Zorvage

    Indeed, Google maps has been around for so long while Apple just made their own.
    I’m sure the release 1.0 of Google maps was so much more shitty.

  • Muhammad

    One does not simply compete with 7 years of service

  • Timothy Do

    Can’t beat them…? Get their ex-workers, and then beat them.

  • @dongiuj

    When you say “aggresively” you mean with threats?

  • Apple is trying to Checkmate Google in all the fields they are in ….no wonder if apple start their own search engine as well in coming years….

  • It is off topic but can i ask one q..!!
    I never goto android blogs and bash google but why the hell do fandroids come here and spill hatred ..??…
    Take my case…i am from india…and android is pretty strong here as apple is very expensive….so when a bunch of fandroids see me with an iphone,they just start their hating….i mean come on…what is wrong with you android users..??…are you jealous !!!,insecure maybe…idk…:/

    One thing i know 70-80% of apple haters have never owned an apple device…:)

  • nima

    please dont compare google with ios maps, go compare gooogles first maps with apples first new map, and apple is a lot better, but if apple wants to stay up they have to act fast!

  • Yujin

    Google needs some competition in maps. Sure they have a great product but now that apple is in with a decent offering that can only get better, we will need to see what apple does and hope that they pump a few billions into killing google maps… Is a matter of time…

    • At this point, Apple maps are equal competition to Google as Yugo is to Bentley. How do you make a Yugo accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than 15 seconds? Push it off a cliff.

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  • pique

    Hopefully they will sort out the design at the same time as the map data. Faint lines bordering a white road on a cream background is really difficult to see. If at least they gave the option to have more contrast/ a darker edge to the roads it woudl be a help

  • Fix the title. “Apple said to be “desperately” recruiting ex-Google Maps staff.”

    Because that’s what I read in my mind when I saw it.