Skip to main content

Maps: Apple hiring ‘ground truth managers’ around the world to fix app

apple mapsApple’s woes regarding its Maps mobile app have been well documented, with the company taking a lot of flak from a lot of (lost) people, especially in the weeks following the app’s launch in September last year.

In the clearest sign yet that the Cupertino-based company is set on making the app something you’ll want to actually tap on and open, Apple has posted job ads on its site for “Maps ground truth managers” at seven locations around the world. If only it’d done that, like, before the app launched.

With so many reports – especially in the early days – of misplaced locations and lack of detail, a bit more ground-related honesty is exactly what Maps needs just now.

According to the job ad, the position would essentially involve managing a team of map specialists charged with the task of testing new releases of map code, gathering “ground truth data”, making use of local mapping experts and comparing Maps locally with competing products such as Google Maps.

Positions are listed for the US, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Japan, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. In other words, the whole darn world (it put up the same ad for Australia and New Zealand posts last week).

With all the resources Apple has at its disposal, no doubt Maps will one day be a force to be reckoned with – and may even give Google Maps a run for its money – but clearly it isn’t going to happen overnight.

However, Apple’s Maps team is already busy rolling out updates, with Japan getting a makeover and a bunch of new flyover imagery added for many locations around the world.

Once the ground truth managers are installed, things should really get moving for Maps.

[via VentureBeat]

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
Apple Maps prioritizes searches that matter more during pandemic
apple here maps tips header

Apple Maps for mobile has reprioritized the categories in its search list so that it now focuses more on those that have taken on greater importance during the coronavirus crisis.

It means that now you’ll find buttons for groceries, food delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care at the top of the page, placing them ahead of other search options such as restaurants, fast food, and gas stations.

Read more
Apple Maps expands its Street View-style imagery to 3 more cities
apple maps expands street view style imagery to more cities look around

Apple Maps began adding Street View-style imagery with the launch of iOS 13 last year. But at the start, the Look Around feature only worked for the streets of San Francisco.

The good news is that the tech giant is gradually adding new Look Around content to Apple Maps for mobile, with the most recent additions including imagery for the cities of Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. Other cities added in recent months include New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, and Oahu in Hawaii.

Read more
WhatsApp ends support for millions of smartphones around the world

WhatsApp is no longer supported on millions of phones around the world, as the Facebook-owned messaging service moves away from older operating systems.

According to an online FAQ on its official website, WhatsApp only supports iPhones running iOS 9 or later, Android smartphones running version 4.0.3 or later, and certain phones powered by KaiOS 2.5.1 or later, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2. This includes most people using the service on recently released smartphones with updated operating systems.

Read more