Apple Developing Navigation Software For iPhone?

News | Saturday December 18 2010 4:10 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , ,

– a mapping software developer, the company may finally be looking at building an in-house navigational software application; something that we have been anticipating for a while.
The Apple job board has a number of new openings for iOS engineers who have experience working on navigational software.
In the posting, Apple explains that the new position will require engineers with ”
“. Apple is noted to be hiring four engineers for this position in their iOS development team.
The job postings could be an indication of Apple ‘s plans to bring personal navigation software to the iOS platform. The company has so far relied on its
to provide mapping applications to iPhone users. However, the
in the mobile space could make this partnership unviable in the long term. Apple ‘s acquisition of PlaceBase in July 2009 and a subsequent purchase of Poly9, a Canada based map development firm have given us sufficient proof for Apple ‘s long term plans. The latest job posting could hence confirm these speculations.
Interestingly, the latest job openings require engineers with experience in ”
“. It is worth noting that another job posting from this week had called for candidates who will be working on ”
“. While it is speculative at best, these different job postings could help us connect the dots with respect to how Apple plans to incorporate this iOS-based navigational software system.
It will be interesting to see how this rumored application will fare compared to Android’s free turn-by-turn GPS system. Also, given the fact that the iPhone is one of the most attractive platforms for
, we see Apple ‘s latest move to be quite disruptive in the mobile navigational software space. What do you think?

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