Apple recently listed a new Writer/Editor job for the Maps app, which appears to suggest that Apple is planning to build an App Store-like location recommendation feature for Maps.
As noted by The Verge, the job listing, which has since been removed, says that Apple is looking for a person to “help build and grow a brand-new content category for the Apple Maps team,” with that person responsible for curating content that helps people explore their communities and find places to visit.
[Apple] is looking for someone to help build exciting and engaging editorial content to help Maps users explore their world. Whether that’s locally, or when they’re planning an amazing vacation.
Qualifications for the job include an “insatiable curiosity for discovering new places and a passion for telling the world in an engaging manner,” “knowledge of food, travel, and shopping trends,” and “strong editing skills to help craft engaging digital content.”In the App Store, Apple has a “Today” feature that highlights curated app-related content, and it’s possible that in the future, Maps could offer something similar.
Such a role could also focus on making the Apple Maps app more independent of third-party services like Yelp and Wikipedia, which Apple uses to provide reviews and information about points of interest.
Google Maps, one of Apple’s main competitors in the mapping space, has a Local Guides service in select cities that’s designed to help people find places to visit in new locations, plus there are recommendations provided through a For You tab and a built-in option for polling friends for suggestions on places to go.