Could We Soon be Using Apple Maps on Android & Windows?

By James O Malley on at

An intriguing job listing suggests that Apple could be planning to roll out Apple Maps further, taking it to the web.

Tech pundit Benedict Evans spotted the advert - which is Apple looking for a "Maps JavaScript Engineer". Apparently "The Maps team is looking for a web technology expert to help make maps work seamlessly on the web. The ideal candidate will be a JavaScript expert, have in- depth knowledge of various core web technologies, and be proficient with web developer tools for debugging and performance analysis.".

In other words, it seems as though Apple wants a web version of its popular app, presumably to compete with Google.

The upshot of this is that we could soon be browsing Apple Maps on Android and Windows phone devices - as well as Windows PC as a web-based app. The advert specifically calls for coders who have a "solid understanding of the performance and compatibility issues that arise when delivering a cross-platform web solution".

Apple Maps received much criticism when it launched in 2012, because it was "really terrible" (source of that quote: me). Despite Apple's hubris and some slick presentation, the app didn't have the underlying accuracy or detail of Google's more reliable product. There have been improvements since - but Apple seems to have realised that if it really wants to compete on Maps, it needs to compete on all fronts.

If you're interested in applying, the job is a full-time 40 hours per week deal, and is based in Santa Clara Valley, California - which Apple Maps tells me is just off the coast of Paraguay. [Twitter]