updated 12:52 pm EDT, Tue July 8, 2014
Credited with helping to develop original iOS Maps app
A senior Maps engineering manager at Apple, Chris Blumenberg, has left the company to work at ridesharing service Uber, according to reports. Blumenberg was with Apple for over 14 years, and is credited with helping to develop the original iOS (then iPhone OS) Maps app, as well that platform's version of Safari. Uber, notably, has been rising in popularity, and is closely associated with Google.
Last year Uber received $250 million in funding from Google Ventures. The Android version of Google Maps now features Uber integration, making it easier for people with both apps installed to call for a ride.
It's unclear to what extent Blumenberg's departure will actually affect Apple, since the company's internal workings are largely hidden from outsiders. It is believed to be working on major long-term improvements to Maps, such as better labeling, more points of interest, and the return of public transit directions, which were stripped out in iOS 6 when Google content was removed.