Although the launch didn’t go quite as expected, Apple Maps has improved significantly since it was announced and introduced with iOS 6. Initially full of bugs, wrong directions, and horrible sattelite images that just didn’t quite make sense, Apple’s Maps app has since turned into something that is actually quite a pleasure to use. While it may not be quite as good as Google Maps (yet), it is also significantly younger than Google’s offering. While Apple continues to improve its own mapping service, it must continue to do so to keep up with the competition, and recent job listings show that the Tim Cook and Co. are looking to be even more competitive in mobile maps.
A new job listing for Apple notes that Apple is looking for someone to help build “the world’s best Transit Routing platform.” As a matter of fact, the new employees will be a part of a brand new team in the Maps division of Apple that will be known as the Transit Routing team.
Apple is hiring outstanding software engineers to deliver the next generation of Maps services. Seize this ground floor opportunity to help us build the world’s best Transit Routing platform at massive scale…As a member of the Transit Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps. You will design and implement functionality that will be used by millions of users worldwide. Being part of a small team, you will have an influence on the future product.
Seeing Apple continuously working to improve its iOS Maps gives me great hope for the future of the app. While I still personally use Google Maps, that is because I also use public transportation fairly often when traveling. I am also a user of Embark, which was recently acquired by Apple. It is likely that some of the people behind Embark may be a part of Apple’s Transit Routing team. Public transit mapping, as well as indoor maps, have been two of the most requested features missing in the mapping service. It has been rumored that we will see indoor maps in iOS 8, and hopefully public transit will be added in as well. While indoor maps aren’t important to me, I would absolutely love public transit navigation. That may even be the key to help me switch from Google Maps. If you aren’t on Apple Maps, what’s holding you back? Is it the lack of indoor maps, public transit, or just because you had a bad experience when it was first launched? Comment below or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin.