It looks like Apple really wants to step its map game up, as the Cupertino lot is going after a bunch of ex-Googlers that have experience working on Google Maps in a bid to get them to help develop and improve their own map product
According to TechCrunch, their sources say that Google's attention turned to indoor mapping and staff looked the other way, searching for more interesting opportunities. Good timing for Apple then. Using recruiters, Apple is luring away Google Maps employees who helped develop the search giant's product on contract, and is giving them the promise of letting them develop for a new platform, rather than just mild and "tedious" updates on an existing strong one. Well that, and being paid handsomely.
After releasing what many would consider a pretty sucky map application, it's probably a good thing Apple is getting some help from those who know best. Will Apple improve its maps? Of course. Will Apple Maps ever be as good as Google Maps? Well, that's only a matter of time. [TechCrunch -- Cheers, Darrell!]