Apple Job Openings Suggest iOS Maps Overhaul
If you're looking for work at Apple, this weekend may be a good time to brush up the old cover letter and resume. Apple has posted new job openings on the company's official website, two of which are turning heads in light of the iOS tweaks they seemingly foreshadow. Discovered by our friends at Apple Insider
, the positions appear to indicate that Apple is planning to revamp its iOS Maps application, as well as tweak other location services found on the iPhone and iPad.
The positions advertised are aiming to fill two seats, each with the same title: "iOS Maps Application Developer." The positions are based out of Apple's homestead corporate campus in Cupertino. "Come work for the team that revolutionized the mobile technology industry as it continues [to] define what computing looks like in a post-PC era," reads the listing. "The Maps team is looking for an exceptional developer to join us in our mission to radically improve how people interact with maps and location-based services."
Word of Apple tinkering with its maps and location features isn't groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination. Apple has been drastically shifting its emphasis back to this department, just as we observed a year ago when Apple started using its own location databases for iOS devices. This improvement was among the biggest tip-offs that some big changes or improvements were ahead.
Previously, Apple had been plugged into databases powered by Google and Skyhook Wireless. Although Apple is not yet its own island and still depends on the likes of Google for mapping-pertinent content and information, all signs point to Apple wanting to reduce current levels of dependence on any and all outside content and technology providers.
Source: Apple Insider