The folks over at TechCrunch are reporting that Apple is aggressively pursuing former and current Google Maps employees as part of its effort to build out its own Mapping solution. According to Darrel Etherington:
My source — a contractor who worked on Google Maps as part of a massive undertaking to integrate Street View and newly licensed third-party data to improve European coverage, as well as develop the platform’s turn-by-turn navigation — says that when attention turned to indoor mapping, things started to become less interesting and a lot of staff began looking around for other opportunities.
Previous rumors suggested that Google has already submitted their own Maps application to the iOS app store but that was a rumor debunked by The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple. That being said, it is being said that Google may be working on their iOS app right now but it is likely to see a “before Christmas” target that appears to be a more realistic timeframe for its release. Given the uproar of negative comments about the state of Apple’s Mapping solution, many people would appreciate Google’s iOS app once it is released.