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Apple Recruiting Ex-Google Maps Workers to Fix iOS 6 Maps

By - Source: Techcrunch | B 43 comments

Apple offers a previous Google Maps employee some tantalizing compensation.

Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you've probably heard by now that Apple's new Maps application is a bit of a failure. Since its release, the iOS 6 app has been taking heavy fire from all directions of the blogosphere, and even the real world as well. From the London Underground, to a number of online accounts, and competitors like Motorola, its been a rough week for Apple.

Now, the company is desperately trying to make things right, so much so that it is hoping to hire as many ex-Google Maps developers as possible. According to a source with connections from both teams, Apple is aggressively trying to recruit software engineers that previously worked on the Google Maps application.

The source told Techcrunch:

"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 [sic] 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.

Although this is just one example, it isn't exactly an uncommon practice in the industry. What is strange, however, is the fact that Apple released its lackluster maps app to begin with. Rather than working with a number of reputable GPS companies, Apple decided to bite off way more than it could chew. Luckily, there is one good thing about Apple's iOS 6 Maps application. It can't possibly get any worse...we hope.


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    The_Trutherizer , September 26, 2012 7:05 PM
    So in effect they are going to get some Google IP via ex employees. Now that's real innovation... -_-
  • 22 Hide
    devotiecon , September 26, 2012 6:51 PM
    I love living under a rock when it comes to apple.
  • 22 Hide
    coreym72 , September 26, 2012 6:44 PM
    Hey Apple, I can fix this within MS Paint :) 
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  • 22 Hide
    coreym72 , September 26, 2012 6:44 PM
    Hey Apple, I can fix this within MS Paint :) 
  • 22 Hide
    devotiecon , September 26, 2012 6:51 PM
    I love living under a rock when it comes to apple.
  • 20 Hide
    rocknrollz , September 26, 2012 6:55 PM
    Apple's new Maps application is a bit of a failure.

    Let me fix it for you...

    Apple's new Maps application is its biggest failure.

    Stop the apple protection, they messed up big time.
  • 12 Hide
    SoiledBottom , September 26, 2012 6:58 PM
    Former Google employee's now working on Apple products see an increase in suicide rates...building Nets stock on the rise.

    My Ex was right...I am going to hell
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , September 26, 2012 6:59 PM
    $85k to live on the West Coast...sorry that's not that much when a decent house costs over a million.
  • 9 Hide
    Parrdacc , September 26, 2012 7:01 PM
    Now I'm scared to ask about how well the GPS works.
  • 24 Hide
    The_Trutherizer , September 26, 2012 7:05 PM
    So in effect they are going to get some Google IP via ex employees. Now that's real innovation... -_-
  • 13 Hide
    Parrdacc , September 26, 2012 7:09 PM
    Google it :( )
  • 18 Hide
    ddpruitt , September 26, 2012 7:10 PM
    So Apple complains about companies stealing their ideas and they decide to go after Google's employees to create their own innovative maps software?

    Did it ever occur to Apple that there's a reason that these are ex-Google employees?
    Maybe that's way when you look for a bridge you get Home Depot.
  • 21 Hide
    teamcarlisle , September 26, 2012 7:24 PM
    Please Please Please let there be some kind of patent that google holds that they can sue apple over this, That would really make my day :) 
  • 11 Hide
    hero1 , September 26, 2012 7:28 PM
    Apple maps is such a fail. With google maps I was able to find bus times and routes on days when I didn't want to drive. Now whenever I press bus routes I get directed to App Store to find apps that I can use to find bus routes and times meaning buy an app since free ones don't function well. Google has to bring the map through the store and ill buy it and I not the. lumia 920 here I come or SGS III. Spent enough monu for apps totaling over $300 and now we're screwed for such a basic app.
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    gmarsack , September 26, 2012 7:50 PM
    85K as his base salary, or 85K to fix the current map issues? Seems low either way?! Does Apple not pay their employees well or what?
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    freggo , September 26, 2012 7:52 PM
    ana12345$85k to live on the West Coast...sorry that's not that much when a decent house costs over a million.


    Yeah, I turned down a 60k job in San Francisco back in 2000.
    The $$ does not go far in the bay area :-)
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    freggo , September 26, 2012 7:56 PM
    I have a feeling that Google's lawyers are already going over the employment contracts of these former Map workers to see what their options are. Not even to mention the IP rights issues.
    I smell a massive patent lawsuit in Apple's future :-)
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    bavman , September 26, 2012 7:58 PM
    Apple's logic:
    1) get rid of google maps
    2) design own map software. It sucks
    3) Hire people who designed google maps to fix it
    4) basically have a version of google's map of your "own"
    5) get pissed and sue the crap out of companies when they "steal" your ideas
  • 12 Hide
    milktea , September 26, 2012 8:14 PM
    Just curious... No Apple Fanboi defending here?
  • 10 Hide
    svdb , September 26, 2012 8:28 PM
    What? 85K? that's all? That's a pretty lame salary for a top of the line software developer.
  • 9 Hide
    jwcalla , September 26, 2012 8:28 PM
    Is the $85k a typo or does the "+" cover an additional $100k?
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    dark_knight33 , September 26, 2012 8:44 PM
    I thought CoL was high in the east coast... geez. $85k is pretty good over here. Though in the DC metro area, the houses aren't $1 mill either. Also, of they really need him that bad, he didn't negotiate enough.
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    Au_equus , September 26, 2012 8:58 PM
    Next steps for google:
    1) wait for apple to fix the app
    2) file an injunction against the use of said app
    3) sue (for the amount of google maps development) apple for copyright infringement
    4) force apple to pay royalties just to include google maps in apples app store for every iOS iteration
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