Apple is reportedly on a hiring drive of current and former members of the Google Maps teams, as it bids to improve its own mapping solution for iOS, an insider has claimed.
Citing a “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”, TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino-based giant is scrambling for talent to fix and build its much-slated Maps app that rolled out with the latest iOS 6 operating system.
The unnamed source said: “Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord. One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him. He had heard rumors for a while that Apple was going to develop its own in-house mapping platform, and given his experience at Google, he was an easy hire.
“Apple went out of their way to bring him down to Cupertino and he’s now paid handsomely as a GIS Analyst. Another co-worker that was a project lead at Google Maps, left for the East Coast after his contract ended, and was recently contacted by an Apple recruiter. The position sounds like a product development manager position, and will pay him $85k+ and all the moving expenses from the East Coast. He’s gone through two rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position.”
Apple has been left somewhat red-faced by its first tilt at a proprietary mapping software amid widespread reports of inaccuracies that made some question whether the decision to leave out Google Maps as the default was really a wise one.
The tech titan has not apologised for the issues, but has released a statement explaining it will improve as it gets used more due to it being a cloud-based software.
However, that hasn’t stopped competitors from using the fiasco to take digs at the iMaker, such as Google-owned Motorola which posted several inflammatory updates on its Google+, Facebook and Twitter profiles implying that Apple is ‘#iLost’ and that Moto’s built-in Google Maps support will get you where you need to.
For once, the detractors are right on the money.