Apple has started advertising for a large number of iOS Software Engineers whose specific focus will be on improving the Apple Maps app that is included with iOS 6. The company is advertising for ten new Software Engineer positions, all dedicated to working on various aspects of the Maps app that has courted both praise and criticism since it launched last year, replacing Google Maps as the standard iOS 6 mapping application.
The positions include the opportunity to work on user interface development, integration with other iOS services such as Siri and MapKit (the framework that allows other app to use Apple Maps), Turn-by-Turn navigation enhancements, real time maps display, road and points of interest labelling, 3D flyover and road rendering, as well as those will expertise with spatial algorithms. All are based in Cupertino and will be part of the team that is dedicated to improving the Apple Maps application.
The company has been actively requesting the reporting of bugs and issues with the new Maps application, and CEO Tim Cook has promised that the app will improve over time. A number of key staff involved in the initial development of the Apple Maps application are now no longer involved in it, including Scott Forstall, the SVP with responsibility for iOS 6, and Richard Williamson who reportedly oversaw the mapping service. Apple SVP Eddy Cue is now taking responsibility for online services, including Mapping, and as such is likely making a major push to improve the application.