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Apple Maps API to undergo major overhaul, job listings reveal

updated 02:28 pm EDT, Tue July 1, 2014

Descriptions talk 'big plans'

Apple is hiring senior software engineers to work on "big plans" for its Maps API, notes AppleInsider. "We've got big plans for our API - we're looking for leaders that can design and build clean, scalable, and performance APIs, as well as design and build systems to trace, monitor, and debug requests once they enter our distributed backend systems with their complex dependencies," the company writes in job listings. "We're overhauling things front-to-back and want engineers that live and (breathe) distributed systems and services."

Apple appears to be ramping up efforts to improve its Maps apps for iOS and OS X, which are still often considered outclassed by Google Maps. Earlier this week, some users of Apple's software discovered that the company is now daily updating roads and points of interest at 3AM Eastern.

What a new API might entail, though, isn't mentioned in job descriptions. Maps is eventually expected to regain public transit directions, and improve with touches like better labeling and more points of interest in general.




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