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Apple reportedly hiring ex-Googlers to fix maps app

While users eagerly wait for Google to, hopefully, bring its Maps app back to iOS devices, Apple is reportedly taking drastic measures to improve its own flawed map product.

TechCrunch, citing a former Google Maps contractor, reported that the Cupertino-based tech giant is "aggressively recruiting" former Google staffers to help build out its iOS 6 mapping app, which has come under fire for being riddled with errors and omissions. Apple is reportedly going after former contract workers who helped to develop Google Maps.

Luckily for Apple, many of the ex-Googlers are reportedly excited about the opportunity to work on a new product, rather than just update a largely finished mapping solution. It also doesn't hurt that Apple is reportedly offering generous salaries, and covering moving expenses to lure former Google Maps contract workers.

The source told TechCrunch they know of at least one former Google Maps contract worker who was contacted by an Apple recruiter and hired as a geographic information system analyst. The person was reportedly an "easy hire" thanks to the breadth of experience he gained working for Google.

Until iOS 6, released last week, Google Maps (and YouTube) were pre-loaded on all iOS devices, but the iOS upgrade replaced Google Maps with Apple's own maps. Apple's software has been widely criticised, however, for mislabelling cities, leaving out landmarks, duplicating islands, and more.

Google is reportedly working to bring its Maps app back to iOS devices, but exactly when the sought-after app could hit the App Store is not known.