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  • New Job Listings for "Apple Maps" Engineers


    Apple is advertising for four new iOS software engineers, and all of them need experience in developing navigation software. The new listings are seen as the strongest signal yet that Apple is looking to come up with an in-house version of the Google service that drives the Maps app, potentially including turn-by-turn navigation.

    In addition to skills with navigational software, Apple is also looking for candidates with "deep knowledge of Computational Geometry or Graph Theory," which would be the kind of math required to come up with a competitor to the Google Maps direction-finding algorithm. In addition, the engineer must have "experience with Linux server-side development of distributed systems." This would suggest that Apple is developing not just an app but a fully-fledged mapping service like Google Maps.

    Apple's interest in developing its own mapping services has been clear for some time. Last year, Apple bought mapping firm Placebase, which had come up with its own Google Maps alternative, with more extensive capabilities to provide overlays of complex data on its maps. And in July, it was reported that Apple acquired Poly9, a Canadian company which had developed a Google Earth-like "cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe which does not require any download," and moved all its employees to Cupertino.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Job Listings for "Apple Maps" Engineers started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      If apple wants their own maps I guess they're going to higher apple vans to drive around the world taking street view pics
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I am curious if the turn by turn from Google is not on iOS simply because they still consider it a "beta". Works wonderfully well on android devices. Nice to not be forced to eat up space on your computer.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      If apple wants their own maps I guess they're going to higher apple vans to drive around the world taking street view pics
      They did use Apple vans to set up the WiFi-based location services.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Maps.app already has turn-by-turn.

      Are they trying to cut Google out of the bundled OS?
      that what im thinking they are trying to do
    1. gabnata's Avatar
      gabnata -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      If apple wants their own maps I guess they're going to higher apple vans to drive around the world taking street view pics
      Lol, yeah I remember seeing the google van really bright and early taking pics.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by gabnata View Post
      Lol, yeah I remember seeing the google van really bright and early taking pics.
      Im up for the job of driving around my neighborhood