Apple about to get serious about mobile navigation on iOS

first_imgGoogle may have drawn first blood with free Google Maps Navigation (and more recently Google Maps for Android), but there is no question that Apple is getting serious about mapping as well. Apple Insider just noticed that the company posted four identical job listings, all looking for an iOS Software Engineer with a “Deep knowledge of Computational Geometry or Graph Theory” and “Experience with Linux server-side development of distributed systems”. The most important part though is the final component of the “Valuable Experience” section: applicants need “Experience developing navigation software”.This all seems to indicate that Apple developing its own turn-by-turn navigation service, something that can compete with Google’s free offering. We know that Apple has acquired PlaceBase and Poly9, so something big was in the pipeline, plus we’ve gotten the distinct feeling that Apple isn’t a fan of Google Maps. So all signs are pointing to Apple getting into navigation and mapping much more considerably than they have so far.GIS expert James Fee noted that:Navigation though is a space that I’m sure Apple thinks they can do some really amazing stuff. Navigation devices are clunky and difficult to use. A little of the Apple design magic might lift all boats (and by all boats I mean only Apple and Google). Read more (or apply) at Apple, via Apple Insiderlast_img read more