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Report: Apple seeks to hire former Google employees for help with its mapping app

0. phoneArena 24 Sep 2012, 10:31 posted on

According to a report, Apple is actively looking to hire former Google employees to help repair its ailing maps application in iOS 6; the Cupertino based tech giant is looking for those who have experience working on Google Maps...

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 16:24

64. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I give Apple credit tho for trying to do their own thing. In the end....it might wind up being iGoogle Maps...lol

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 15:32

92. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

yea... i just went and downloaded the app again...
they still had 1 year left int heir contract with Google..

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 17:41

69. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

"TIM TOM Maps" a cross breed of TIM and TOM.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:38

37. shamatuu (Posts: 159; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

iF I WERE I WOULD SAY NO. Let them figure it by there selves after all they are the ones that decided to ditch it so why help them if they didn't want it from the first place?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:37 4

52. wolstenbeast (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Most companies when introducing a new product, tend to ensure basic functionality on first releases, they then tend to add on the fancy stuff in an organic way, a piece at a time ensuring it all works in harmony. Apple however, painted themselves into a corner by booting out Google Maps, they needed something that at least had something fancy and new to justify denying their users Google Maps.
This has lead to lots of glitzy for show add ons like "fly over views" , before they had time to try and perfect basic mapping functionality. Thus making the App itself, buggy as hell and Apple steam rolling a unmarket ready app to it's end consumers.
An ethical solution would have been to restore Google Maps and delay their own App release until it was at least semi market ready.
Instead I am waiting for the first lemming to drive off a cliff and Apple to come out and say "you're steering it wrong!"

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:51 4

53. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

If it doesn't say Google Maps it's not the real thing ;-)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:09 2

55. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

dirty business, but well that happens everywhere

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:27

58. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Data is the most important resource going forward and Google has its hands on a very large part of it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 14:03 3

59. epdm2be (Posts: 494; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Apple are so f**king stupid!

Why not take a license on Nokia maps like Microsoft did. They have the best smartphone navigation data and program. If they can port Nokia maps to meego-harmattan and Windows Phone then it shouldn't be a problem to port it to iOS or ANdroid for that matter. Particularly since Harmattan is also linux based like Android and linux is a lot like unix (iOS).

Be smart and for once really consider consumers instead of YOUR wallets.

I f**king hate these stupid corporations. Instead of working together and license the best bits from each other the proper way and diversify through real innovation, they do nothing else than to piss us off. And we are supposed to buy their crap? I urge EVERY consumer to boycot ALL of them in 2012/2013 and to NOT buy a new model smartphone (whatever they had planned).

Skip this year as a protest!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 15:52 1

61. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Stealing ideas from previous employee's, doesn't the same Apple blames on Android?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 16:30

65. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

**Isn't the same

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 17:39

68. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Apple calls it's own attempts at thieving/stealing/ripping off/ as "Innovation" ... it's cheating only if others do it :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 17:38

67. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

this is yet another insult to the followers. Apple is nothing but a good recipe company .. apple would only be chasing their own shadow forever ... forget about competing in mobile world .. :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:19 1

73. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Nothing wrong with this, really, though it is funny that Apple has had to resort to this.

On the one hand, I find the Apple Maps fiasco hilarious.

On the other, I feel bad for the customers who have to deal with Apple Maps in the meantmie.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:31

74. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

on the other other hand, i stop feeling bad for any apple customer that knows about the foxconn bullcrap and still buys their product. If they know they are supporting suicidal working conditions, then they deserve more than "apple maps".

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:41 1

76. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I can't say too much about Apple and Foxconn because Foxconn isn't exclusive to Apple, and working conditions in China (where pretty much everything is made) are awful to begin with.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:45

77. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yes, but we both know working conditions at apple are worse than the average foxconn factory.. per what foxconn has said. "each factory is run by the client's wishes and in contract"

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:53

78. flipjzn (Posts: 256; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

a job is a job. good for them.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:25

79. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

good luck apple! wish that you could get rid of that rediculous maps of yours! but as for now, nokia maps on a browser!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 08:24 1

82. corgilot (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

How is something like this not considered to be a conflict of interest?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:22

85. me4mindia (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

I would say that its dishonor from apple. Apple you can make it without Google former employees, if not so, please agrees that you don’t have good developer so far, who can help you to win Google Map. People (???) are waiting for your classic mobile by design and look. Even if you say, this is the place in US. People would blindly agree. Lol. People had a thought no one can beat Apple. This is absolutely wrong

I am NOT saying Android is better than apple. But they are making better than you Apple. For ex: When we talk about Call reject with message feature, I could see this feature in Symbian OS in 2004 itself. Both apple and Google is revamping the existing features. I don’t know where the patent issue comes here…

I still have few OPEN (Hope many of us have the same) questions about patent/feature, who introduced the below.

Notification bar
OTA update
Panorama Camera features

Don’t you guys think, Apple did a copy from Google? Apple please stops earning money from others.

***You can go in your way. Let other choose their way. Of course, you both possibly meet at some point of time***

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:40

89. epdm2be (Posts: 494; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Some possible answers.

Multitasking: --> multitasking on a handheld device Psion (Epoc32 the grandfather of Symbian) or Microsoft (Pocket PC 2000)
Notification bar: Nokia -> Meego-harmattan
OTA update: Nokia -> Symbian S60
Panorama Camera features: Nokia -> N8
Bluetooth: Ericsson
Pen input on handheld device: Microsoft (Pocket PC)
Wifi Syncing: Microsoft (Pocket PC) removed in later versions
Full swype controll: Nokia (harmattan)
interactive task manager: Nokia -> harmattan


Your question: who is copying what from whom is valid.

Next we know is Apple hiring (ex-)Google employees to fix maps, later sues Google for copying the look and feel of Apple Maps...hahahaha. Fools

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