Apple could hire engineers from Here, the GPS maps sold by Nokia

I have to admit that, although at the moment these are just rumors not 100% confirmed, I was happy to hear this news: according to the latest updates on LinkedIn, Apple could hire engineers from here, the GPS software that is currently called Here WeGo and that until years ago was owned by Nokia. I am partly happy with this news because I was already a satisfied user of Nokia Maps and Here WeGo is the GPS software with offline maps which I currently use.

It was Business Insider who reported that Apple had hired six engineers from here over the past few months/years. The signings appear to be in Berlin, a city where Apple has nothing other than being the area where rumors of the Apple Car began to circulate. Some of the companies that bought Here Maps from Nokia are also German, such as Audi and BMW.

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The six engineers Apple hired from Here are:

  • Khang Tran – Senior software engineer. He signed for Apple as a software engineer this month.
  • Konstantin Sinitsyn – Senior software engineer. He has been part of the Cupertino team since November.
  • Manfred Reich – Leader in Eastern Europe content and regional maps. He signed with Apple in July 2015 and is already working on Apple Maps.
  • Gilbert Schulz – Program Director who signed with Apple in April. He already works on the Apple Maps team.
  • Torsten Krenz – Director who worked at Here for more than 30 months. He has also been working on Apple Maps since signing on in August 2014.
  • Andrei Arsentiev – Product manager. He signed with Apple in May 2015 and also works on their Maps team.
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Personally, as I have said on occasion, I think Apple's maps are good, very good. Actually, Apple partners with TomTom to make it so. The main problem we have with Apple Maps is a search system that would struggle to find sand in the desert. Once we found our destination, the maps behaved correctly, at least every time I used them.

On the other hand, it's also no secret that Apple, like virtually every other company, focuses its early efforts where it's headquartered, which is why their cards are better in the United States than in any other country in the world. It remains to be seen whether these signatures here succeed in improving Apple Maps in Europe and, why not? search system This caused us further headaches.

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