Apple Maps May Soon Become Cross-Platform, Reveals Job Listing

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A new job listing titled “Maps JavaScript Engineer” posted by Apple last month seems to have revealed company’s future plans for its Maps application, suggesting that the currently iOS / OS X exclusive Apple Maps app may soon become cross-platform via the web, AppleInsider reports. The full-time position based at the company’s Cupertino headquarters seeks a web technology expert “to help make maps work seamlessly on the web”.

The Web development position requires “deep knowledge” of JavaScript, as Apple unsurprisingly plans for its Web-based Maps service to be a “cross-platform” solution. In addition to JavaScript, Apple also seeks a candidate familiar with HTML and CSS, and the ideal applicant will have a “proven track record of shipping excellent client-side web applications.”

So far, the Apple Maps have only been made available to users of iOS and OS X. However, a web-based solution would allow users on other platforms, such as Microsoft’s Windows or even Google’s Android, to access the service. Even though Apple already uses a URL for its mapping service at, but in its current form it cannot be used to access Apple Maps via a browser. Currently, the URL only allows users to share map data with other users.

Back in April, Apple had advertised plans to bring public transit information to Apple Maps, while this advert marks the second time this year Apple has revealed its plans for its Maps service via a job listing.