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A new job listing hints the Apple Maps team is working on improving community crowdsourcing, as well as better Siri and Passbook integration. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the listing calls for a ‘Maps Community Client Software Engineer’ to join the Cupertino firm’s growing Maps group.

According to the position’s description, the engineer will focus on “high level UI development of the ‘Report a Problem’ feature.” They’ll also be working on the frameworks and plugins that enable Maps to “integrate deeply and seamlessly with other applications” such as Siri and Passbook.

Apple asks that the applicant have strong object-oriented programming and design skills, with solid experience in Cocoa Touch/Objective-C. It also requests that the person have attention to detail, passion for product quality, and excellent analytical, problem-solving and communication skills.

First introduced in 2012, Apple Maps has been often criticized for inaccurate data and lack of information. A better crowdsourcing infrastructure could certainly  help remedy this, allowing users to quickly and easily submit corrections for various points of interest and updated construction intel.

Apple has indicated that it has plans to push its Maps app far beyond proprietary mobile software. In 2013, it released a desktop version of the app for Mac, and a November job listing called for a “passionate web developer,” suggesting that we will see a web version of Maps in the near future.

[Apple via 9to5Mac]

  • Manuel Molina

    Tell them to put an option for no highways or no tolls and they’ll have me sold on Apple Maps. Until then, I’ll sadly have to use Waze or Google.

    • coLin

      if they could add a big button: “Open in Google Maps” that will be the perfect thing to do

  • Chhoeun Chamroeun

    Why apple maps not work for route current location to other like before?

  • @dongiuj

    For me apple maps is still cack.

    • Aha, super Latinate expletive, and…a new cognition category to add to the three elucidated most famously by Donny Rumsfeld, maybe as he announced on September 10, 2001, that the Pentagram couldn’t account for $2.3 TRILLION–that’s “rillion” with a “T”– (and giving no credit to Landmark or est or whomever came up with it first), namely:
      0) Things you know (this is a freebie for one and all, so usually not mentioned);
      1) Things you know you know;
      2) Things you know you don’t know;
      3) Things you don’t know you don’t know; and now,
      4) Things you don’t know you forgot, or
      4) Things you don’t remember you forgot.

      As the Oriental Master of Manners, Than Kiu…,
      (or Than Kiu @dongiuj)

  • Матт Реякіпѕ

    Apple Maps handles directions weirdly even when it’s correct. I mean it had me making a u-turn to find a place that I passed on my way to it. The final destination was correct though.

  • ✨♕Qimmy♕✨

    Why whatsapp can show fake location? It about apple maps problem or whatsapp location problem?

  • Xee

    Apple Maps for me is much better then Google Maps. Only last weekend Google Maps took me to the wrong location, kept saying turn left or right where there was no road. plus the Apple Maps gui is much better.

    • Manuel Molina

      Unless Google Maps tries to take you off a cliff or in a river like Apple Maps tried to do to me, than I think you’re okay.

    • al7oot

      I respect your point of view but I think you are wrong. Apple Maps is totally rubbish.

      • Manuel Molina

        Re-read my comment. I’m in agreement with you, as I dislike Apple Maps as well. Google Maps is more polished, and Apple Maps has just given me iffy directions when I’ve tried to use it. I’m also not a fan of redirecting the user to a subway map application as oppose to actually receiving the information from Apple Maps in the first place. Google Maps provides this and even the ability to receive directions for bike riding. Google Maps has been out longer, but Apple shouldn’t have partnered with Tom Tom in the first place. Their maps are by far the worst imo.

      • @dongiuj

        Re-read who he is replying to. He is in agreement with you too ; )

      • Manuel Molina

        I thought his message was at me 🙂

  • The Zlatan

    Here’s an interesting idea, teach Siri to know her left from right..