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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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Apple Still Seeking to 'Radically Improve' Maps for iOS






As noticed by 9 to 5 Mac, Apple has posted a new job listing for an iOS Maps Application Developer who can help "radically improve" the Maps application and other location-based services.
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Come work for the team that revolutionized the mobile technology industry as it continues define what computing looks like in a post-PC era. The Maps team is looking for an exceptional developer to join us in our mission to radically improve how people interact with maps and location-based services.
The posting is reminiscent of a late 2009 job listing looking for a candidate to help "take Maps to the next level". Apple has also beefed up its maps, navigation and location-based services capabilities with the acquisition of Placebase and Poly9 over the past couple of years. Combining those acquisitions with the moving of location services in-house last year and other job postings for navigation-related positions, it certainly appears that Apple is making a full-scale push into the area.

From the very beginning, Apple has relied on Google's technology for maps and location-based services on iOS devices. But as relations between the two companies have soured among increasing competitiveness in mobile devices, Apple is clearly trying to distance itself from Google somewhat by developing its own unique offerings.

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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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I think google has a lock on the map thing. I can't see apple employees driving around remapping the world to get their own data base
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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That'll be great. It's not been improved much since its introduction.

For example, it has no bicycle route.


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I think google has a lock on the map thing. I can't see apple employees driving around remapping the world to get their own data base
Google limits ability to use maps for navigation.

There are other options though.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:43 AM   #4
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Apple has a way to remove dependencies on other companies.
I expect them to bring in Meteorologists to replace Yahoo Weather! :-)
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:43 AM   #5
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So basically Apple will still have the crummy Maps.app on iOS 5.0
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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This may only happen if they get rid of the consumer-quality GPS receiver in it. Would raise the price of the handset, though.

It's more than likely going to be the use of their own software (iMaps?) rather than use Google which has their own Mobile OS now.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:45 AM   #7
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They need to improve the worthless notification system in iOS more than the maps.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:46 AM   #8
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I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see iOS 5 offering us too much at this point.

I wouldn't mind a new map app- yesterday I got lost, my car GPS sent me on a goose chase, and my iPhone didn't help much.
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I'm getting more and more curious how iOS 5 will turn out. I dunno if these enhancements will make it in time for summer, but I'm imagining centralized voice control for doing everyday tasks, a la Siri.

"Is it going to rain tonight?"
"How is traffic? Find another route"
"Book me a table for 2 at 7 tonight"
"What movies are showing tonight?"

These sorts of things should be accessible, and actionable, from the Voice Control interface. Apple did just add 20 new spoken languages to OS X Perhaps it will be accessible as an API to third party developers. This would really change the way I use my phone, especially while on the road.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:47 AM   #10
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They need to improve the worthless notification system in iOS more than the maps.
Thank you, so true!
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:50 AM   #11
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Please' turn-by-turn directions! I do love the TomTom app though.
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So basically Apple will still have the crummy Maps.app on iOS 5.0
Not necessarily, as the article says, Apple posted a job for Maps in 2009.
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I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see iOS 5 offering us too much at this point.

I wouldn't mind a new map app- yesterday I got lost, my car GPS sent me on a goose chase, and my iPhone didn't help much.
I'm just wondering when they're going to unveil it! If I'm not mistaken, March/April is usually the announcement period, with a launch in June-July.

They haven't announced anything yet, which either means that they're working on something HUGE, or it's behind schedule
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:51 AM   #14
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Yeah- this looks to be a bummer for us folks with iOS devices. Apple will have to devote a bunch of resources just to bring their own maps implementation to be as good as google's, the better version on android not withstanding. As someone else pointed out, apple will still need to get maps from somewhere, no matter how good their implementation.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 11:53 AM   #15
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Hopefully iOS 5 should be amazing.

iMaps
All new notification system (Like Androids, but with Apples touch)
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Apple is getting more and more loke microsoft. They now want their wn maps app.
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Fingers crossed for bike directions and route choices for public transit.
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I'm just wondering when they're going to unveil it! If I'm not mistaken, March/April is usually the announcement period, with a launch in June-July.

They haven't announced anything yet, which either means that they're working on something HUGE, or it's behind schedule
I've been thinking about that: remember when there were rumors of OS X delays because the Mac team was pulled onto the iOS team in order to get 3.0 out? I'm wondering if the opposite is happening now - the iOS team has been pulled onto the Lion team in order to get Lion ready for a summer launch. This could be the reason we're not hearing much about iOS 5.
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I'm getting more and more curious how iOS 5 will turn out. I dunno if these enhancements will make it in time for summer, but I'm imagining centralized voice control for doing everyday tasks, a la Siri.

"Is it going to rain tonight?"
"How is traffic? Find another route"
"Book me a table for 2 at 7 tonight"
"What movies are showing tonight?"

These sorts of things should be accessible, and actionable, from the Voice Control interface. Apple did just add 20 new spoken languages to OS X Perhaps it will be accessible as an API to third party developers. This would really change the way I use my phone, especially while on the road.
This would be cool if you didn't have to hold in the home button. What I mean is, if I'm already holding the phone, then holding in the home button, then speaking the command- I could have just launched the weather app in that amount of time. I want to be able to have the phone sitting on my desk while I'm getting ready for work and shout commands at it from across the room. A little too star-trek, I know, but that's the only time I think I'd ever use a voice command. And obviously, while driving.
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I wonder how difficult it would be find an individual with the talents needed both on the Software Engineering side & the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) side. Most GIS education these days doesn't really focus on programming. Infact, most GIS "programs" are just crash courses on how to operate ESRI products.

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Old Mar 25, 2011, 12:04 PM   #22
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Please!!!

Seriously, the iOS maps app is so unreliable. Sometimes it's super fast and sometimes (i.e. whenever I really need it quickly) it lags so bad, doesn't load maps or traffic info, takes forever to get directions, etc, and basically makes me want to throw my iPhone out the window. The maps app needs a serious reliability overhaul.

Also, what is so bad about the iOS notification system? I just hit "Close" if I don't care about a notification at that time.
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I think google has a lock on the map thing. I can't see apple employees driving around remapping the world to get their own data base
Why not? The USA for example has only 4 million miles of roads. A car with driver + passenger + some decent equipment should be able to map say 10 miles per hour, at a cost of $50 per hour. 200 cars for a year, that's 20 million dollars. And then you have a database that you can sell, and that you can use everywhere. Then write an iPhone app that lets users make corrections, lets businesses add their locations etc. and you are ready.
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Apple should just roll their own.

They have the power, the talent, the size, and certainly the scale, to go their own way with an excellent chance of success.

The more things they do in-house, the better. It'll only enhance the Apple ecosystem and grow it.

This is 2011, folks. Apple is now in charge of their own destiny.
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