Apple is Aggressively Recruiting Ex-Google Maps Employees?

Posted September 23, 2012 at 9:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 15186 views

Apple is aggressively recruiting ex-Google Maps employees to help it better its new Maps app that debuted with iOS 6, reports TechCrunch.

According to their source who has connections on both teams, Apple is using recruiters to lure away employees who were contracted to work on Google Maps. Apparently, a lot of employees started getting bored at Google when things attention to indoor mapping.

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 hansomly as a GIS Analyst. Another coworker 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 2 rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position.

Notably, the source says that while it will be a tough road ahead, it is possible for Apple to produce a competitive product.

At Google Maps, we know what data's important, rendering priorities, keyword searches, and how the user experience is suppose to be. However, Apple needs to find a way to get its own 5 million miles of street view data, partner with the right folks, and spend a fortune on licensed data – which it can.

Apple recently issued this statement following criticism over its new Maps app.

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Onlymakessense - September 24, 2012 at 3:08pm
Couldn't have stated it better myself. You all want an iPhone but with google on it? Go but a Samsung skyrocket
erdener - September 24, 2012 at 4:04am
They use two years old map in Turkey. Are they kidding? I want my google map back
Jack All - September 24, 2012 at 3:22am
I can't imagine how google would have not patented streetview so for apple to have that I'm sure google will charge them the earth to license it! They should have just stuck with good products instead of just trying to piss companies off and inevitably the consumer!
Anirban Sarkar - September 24, 2012 at 3:21am
It's bogus !! The new maps apps doesn't support iPhone 4 !!! Apple thinks the old customers are asshole. Bring back "Google Maps" !!
Jack All - September 24, 2012 at 4:52am
They always try and make our older devices look crap before they really are, it's just their way of pushing new phones, Apple have always done this, they think we're f'ing idiots. At one point it was so blatant they had to issue a new firmware and told us they managed to get more power out of it, I don't think we're the idiots! 4S and 5 have both left a bad taste and I don't like it, yuk!
aRiff - September 24, 2012 at 1:45am
competition is good for consumer ...! wait ...! we can get lots of good things.. aRiff
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