Apple Quietly Hires UK Staff From Map App Pin Drop Amid Rumors Of A Cambridge Workplace

Apple Quietly Hires UK Team From Map App Pin Drop Amid Rumors Of A Cambridge Office

Apple has been build up its regional presence outdoors of Cupertino, and the UK seems to be one among its newest targets. The corporate is reportedly “weeks” away from opening a brand new workplace within the college city of Cambridge, UK — information that comes on the heels of Apple quietly hiring 5 staff from the defunct London-based mostly mapping app Pin Drop.

Taken collectively, the information can also be fascinating in mild of Google’s strikes to construct up its R&D presence within the UK. It was solely weeks in the past that Google introduced it had acqui-employed two UK synthetic intelligence and machine studying startups and was partnering with Oxford College, a longtime rival of Cambridge, on analysis into the AI area. These strikes construct on Google’s prior acquisition of AI specialist Deep Thoughts, additionally based mostly within the UK.

From what we perceive, the Pin Drop hires are straight hires — not an acquisition of the app, nor of Caffeinehit, the corporate that constructed it.

The connection between Apple and Pin Drop — an app that allow you to bookmark places after which selectively share them with customers — first began to return to mild final month, simply after the app’s creator, Andy Ashburner, introduced that it will be closing down due to lack of funding.

“I had my fingers crossed for a miracle however sadly it by no means materialised,” he wrote, “so it’s with a heavy coronary heart that I’ve to announce Pin Drop will probably be closing down on Friday thirty first October 2014.”

As Cult of Mac observed on the time, there was an additional paragraph within the unique model of Ashburner’s weblog publish on PinDrop’s website (not on-line) that famous,

“My largest concern was ensuring that the core Caffeinehit / Pin Drop group (Tom, Giacomo, Donal and Andrea) obtained jobs. I’m joyful to say they’ve all been snapped up and have (rightfully so) landed themselves dream jobs. Tremendous proud of all of them and excited to see how they’re going to vary all of our worlds sooner or later.”

That paragraph, and an excited Tweet from one of many staff mentioning that he was shifting to Apple, have been each shortly deleted that day.

Then all went quiet. However we’ve observed that since then, 4 former Pin Drop builders, plus Ashburner, have all up to date their LinkedIn profiles to notice that they’re working for Apple in London (right here, right here, right here, right here and right here).

The roles vary from product designer to Maps knowledge analyst and software program engineers. Caffeinehit, the corporate that created Pin Drop, had additionally labored on a quantity apps for third events, together with the Summly app that was ultimately acquired by Yahoo, so you possibly can think about that the experience goes wider than simply mapping — though, in fact, maps have lengthy been a spotlight for the corporate, and one which they’re nonetheless working arduous to get proper after preliminary stumbles within the wake of a slip from Google to construct a extra native expertise.


Apple’s transfer to take up digs in Cambridge, in the meantime, was first reported at present by regional tech publication Enterprise Weekly (by way of 9to5Mac), which says that Apple is concentrating on a constructing on ninety Hills Street, for use no less than partially for analysis and improvement functions.

Apple Quietly Hires UK Team From Map App Pin Drop Amid Rumors Of A Cambridge OfficeThe constructing, based on its site, seems to be a new improvement, “a stand alone workplace constructing situated in probably the most outstanding places on Hills Street, in a key space of Cambridge Metropolis and inside the coronary heart of the enterprise district.”

Enterprise Weekly writes that Apple is more likely to begin with round 20 employees on the Cambridge location with the likelihood of accelerating that to forty. The constructing has a complete of 9,030 sq. ft of workplace area throughout three flooring, together with an underground carpark and roof terrace.

If correct, Cambridge is a becoming place for Apple to situate itself.

Partly rising out of the presence of Cambridge College, Cambridge is generally known as a tech hub. Semiconductor firm ARM (a companion of Apple’s) is headquartered there; plus others like Qualcomm have have moved in by way of its acquisition of CSR for $2.5 billion; and dozens of smaller and bigger companies working in each hardware and software program cowl each Cambridge metropolis correct and surrounding Cambridgeshire.

Apple declined to remark for this text, and so did Savills, the actual property brokers overseeing the occupation of the area.