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    Chris Blumenberg, an engineer who is responsible for some of the foundational elements of Apple’s mapping strategy dating to the first-generation iPhone has reportedly accepted an offer to leave Apple for transportation networking startup, Uber. It’s unclear exactly when Blumenberg will wrap up his duties as the person in charge of Apple’s Maps Apps and Frameworks group or what position he’ll be taking at Uber.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Blumenberg joined Apple in 2000 according to his LinkedIn profile. He was one of the first engineers on the Safari team before moving to iOS under former boss, Scott Forstall. After bringing WebKit and Safari to iOS, Blumenberg built the initial version of Maps demonstrated on stage by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the iPhone’s introduction. Most recently, Blumenberg led a team of over 40 engineers responsible for “all things related to maps client software on iOS and OS X,” including the Maps app and MapKit framework. Some of the team’s work may have been on display earlier today when Apple migrated its Find my iPhone beta site to the new web-based version of Apple Maps.

    The reason behind Blumenberg’s departure hasn’t been made clear though reports of turmoil in the Maps team have surfaced in recent weeks. Some insiders have cited a “failure of project managers and engineering project managers” as the reason behind a string of missed deadlines and developer turnover, though it’s possible that Blumenberg simply chose to further his career elsewhere.

    Source: The Information

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    2014-07-08 11:15 PM
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