Apple planning to “radically” change iOS Maps?

You can read into this from whatever angle you want and we’re sure many people will probably do so in terms of the Apple iPhone 5, but we’ll just go ahead and post what we have been hearing along the Apple news wavelengths.

Thanks to Apple Insider who was able to pick up info on a couple job positions Apple is looking to fill. According to the job listing, the Cupertino based company is looking for applicants with “excellent skills in object-oriented software design and programming.” Their label will be iOS Maps Application Developers and will be responsible for changing the look, feel and interaction of iOS Maps which is currently powered by Google.

It has been known for quite some time now that iOS Maps is light-years behind what Google has to offer in version 5.0 of their Google Maps which allows check in’s via Google Latitude, one of the best navigation experiences on a smartphone.
With these new job postings it seems that Apple might be interested in taking on Google head on in offering an in house solution for navigation and what not instead of relying on third party sources such as TomTom, Navigon and other to provide navigation to iPhone users. It could also mean that iOS Maps might get some type of social media plugin which could allow users to check in etc. similar to SquareTrade, Facebook Places and Google Latitude.

This could also lend some credence to the rumor that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone for customers in other countries. Such an idea would mean the company would be wise to provide applications for basic features such as navigation etc. Currently most rumors are pointing to a June unveiling of the iPhone 5 and if that is the case most naturally we could be seeing some fruition to these Maps rumors then.

Source: Apple Insider

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