Apple making big hiring push for iOS Maps team

By , Feb 5, 2013

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It seems like criticism for Apple’s Maps app has died down in recent months. What was once the favorite topic of critics and naysayers has been replaced with talk of iPhone 5 part order cuts and the company’s floundering stock.

But that doesn’t mean that the Maps app is up to snuff yet, and Apple knows it. That’s why it’s been working hard to improve the software and, according to new job listings, is making a major hiring push for its Maps team…

As noted by AppleBitch, Apple has posted a number of new job listings this week, calling for software engineers whose specific focus will be improving the iOS Maps app. We’re not sure how many exactly, but we’ve spotted at least ten.

Here’s the description from one of the new job postings:

“The Maps team is looking for a proactive and motivated software engineer to focus on Apple’s turn-by-turn navigation experience. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of developing high quality, robust and maintainable software. You are excited by maps and navigation, and are passionate about developing an intuitive and polished user experience. As an engineer on the Maps Navigation team, you will be responsible for implementing new and innovative navigation features, fixing problems and enhancing performance. You will work closely with other engineers on the Maps and other iOS teams to develop a complete solution, supporting user interface needs and determining data requirements.”

It’s not at all surprising that Apple is looking to beef up its mapping efforts. The company has taken an enormous amount of heat from both users and critics over the app, which replaced the reliable Google Maps in iOS 6 last September.

And the issue goes further than customer complaints. Tim Cook felt so strongly about Maps’ shortcomings that he issued a public apology for the app, and he has since fired two executives from the project, including iOS SVP Scott Forstall.

It’ll be interesting to see what Apple does with Maps from here. Now that Google Maps is in the App Store, there doesn’t seem to be as much urgency to fix all of its issues at once. We should get an idea of what’s next at WWDC this summer.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.wayman.7 Craig Wayman

    I love Apple maps now. I use them all the time so they don’t have to do much. I know there are big problems in other areas but not where I am at. They are on the right track and could make them great and I hope they do.

    • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

      It’s funny that you say that, because here in Europe where I live like every 3rd city have the wrong name or it’s 100 km from the place in the map.
      Once I used it, and I almoust crashed my car by going in a 1way street.
      You do realize thet what you say is just YOUR experience and Maps work fine only in America, like evry thing Apple does, in America works great and in other countys suck.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

        the phone is not driving… you drive the car, you have eyes… It is kinda funny how people nowadays have faith in everything.

      • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

        If i had listen to the phone, I would be dead right now ;)

      • Ben

        Do you look at the road in front of you when you’re driving?

  • http://www.facebook.com/khan.rulzz.7 Khan Rulzz

    Apple making big hiring push for iOS 7 !!!

  • Falk M.

    “YOU are excited by maps and navigation, and are passionate about developing an intuitive and polished user experience. As an engineer on the Maps Navigation team, YOU will be responsible for implementing new and innovative navigation features, fixing problems and enhancing performance. YOU will work closely with other engineers on the Maps and other iOS teams to develop a complete solution, supporting user interface needs and determining data requirements.”
    (emphasis by caps mine)

    Felt like an Apple engineer for 20 seconds, thanks guys! :D

    • Hyr3m

      ‘Gotta take what you can… you’re not very happy with your life, are you? I suggest reading the job descriptions for positions at CERN ^^

      • Falk M.

        Nope, I’m fine, I was merely poking fun. ^^

      • Hyr3m

        Hehe, I know the feeling :P That’s pretty much what I was doing too! Have a nice day mate!

  • Ken Oliver

    I have used Apple Maps every day since November, I love it, and it as never let me down, I read all the tales of woe from others and just dont get it

  • Hyr3m

    xD Good luck with that Apple! (you’re gonna need it)

    That’s what we call “Pédaler dans la semoule”.