Job listings on Apple’s website reveal it is currently seeking developers to help fix its newly-released Maps app, which has received widespread criticism since making its debut in iOS 6 on Wednesday. The company is calling for software engineers who will be tasked with “road rendering,” and “creating new and innovative features.”
According to one posting, which was spotted by AppleInsider, Apple’s iOS Maps team is “responsible for MapKit, the iOS framework that displays maps which is used by countless applications on the App Store.”
The team is currently looking for individuals who will develop 3D flyover models, including “mesh generation of terrain” and “road rendering;” and those who will focus on the Maps client itself — along with the server — to develop “advanced dynamic label layout of road labels, points of interest and other labels on the map.”
Three of the listings mention work on real-time rendering techniques, general maintenance, and “creating new and innovative features.” Another calls for a Map Display team engineer who will fix “performance bottlenecks” with specialized tools.
Apple’s new Maps app takes over from Google Maps in iOS 6, but a lot of users aren’t happy with the change. While Apple’s solution boasts some great features like turn-by-turn navigation and 3D Flyover, its maps just don’t seem quite as complete as Google’s. That’s to be expected for a new service, of course, but it doesn’t make it any easier for those who have come to rely on the app.
Apple insists, however, that it is working hard to improve the service, and that the more we use it, the better it will get.