Watch out, Google – Apple wants your people! Recruiters for Apple are going after software engineers with experience developing Google Maps to help with issues in their new Maps app, released with iOS 6 last week, that have caused an uproar among Apple users expecting a much better product.
According to a source with connections on both teams, Apple is going after those that helped Google Maps on a contract basis, and many of them are apparently eager to jump on board with the opportunity to work on a new project rather than continuing to just perform “tedious updates” on an already mostly complete system that is currently focused more on indoor mapping.
“Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to build a robust mapping platform to counter Google Maps, so it doesn’t surprise me that it’s going out of its way to lure former and current Google Maps employees,” said the source, a contractor who worked on Google Maps’ massive undertaking to integrate Street View and develop the platform’s turn-by-turn navigation.
This is likely a very smart move on Apple’s part, as clearly they have the capital required to invest in developing a system to rival Google’s, and just need to find a way to execute it effectively. By bringing in people already familiar with the process, and also eager to take on a new project, Apple should be able to bring their Maps up to par much more quickly.