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  • Apple Looking to Hire a "Maps JavaScript Engineer" to Bring Maps to the Web


    Although Apple Maps is currently restricted to dedicated apps on iOS and OS X, this is set to change in the future as a recent job listing from Apple points out that the company plans to make its mapping service available cross-platform on the Web. The future plans were revealed in an ad that Apple posted while seeking a “Maps JavaScript Engineer” posted by the company in the last month. This particular job posting reveals that Apple is looking to hire a full-time employee based out of the company’s Cupertino California office that will “help make maps work seamlessly on the web.”

    This web development position requires “deep knowledge” of JavaScript, as Apple plans for its Web-based Maps service to be a “cross-platform” solution. As of right now, Apple Maps is only available on iOS 6 and later as well as OS X 10.9 Mavericks and newer but the Cupertino California company wants to make a Web-based Maps service that would allow users on other platforms such as Windows to access the service. A move like this wouldn’t come as a surprise as Apple already offers much of its iCloud service as well as the iWork productivity suite, in cross-platform browser-based forms.

    Along with JavaScript, Apple seems to also be seeking candidates that are familiar with HTML and CSS with the ideal applicant having a “proven track record of shipping excellent client-side web applications.”

    It should be noted that Apple already owns and uses a web URL for its mapping service, maps.apple.com, but in its current form, this version can’t be used to access Apple Maps via a browser. Instead, Apple ends up using it to allow users to share map data with other users and other devices, including cross-platform transitions between OS X and iOS.

    The major overhaul of Apple Maps is being speculated as one of the key features of the next versions of iOS and OS X, set to be announced at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week.

    Source: Apple (Jobs) via Benedict Evans (Twitter)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Looking to Hire a "Maps JavaScript Engineer" to Bring Maps to the Web started by Akshay Masand View original post