The Apple Roundup: Apple recruiting Googlers for Maps help

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With so many people writing about Apple, finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy.¬†Here’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the Web that you shouldn’t miss:

  • Its Maps app might not be as good as Google’s¬†just yet, but Apple does know where to turn for help: Techcrunch quotes someone who says Apple is “actively” recruiting former Google Maps engineers.
  • While Apple beefed up its own iPhone stock at its retail stores on iPhone 5 launch weekend this year, it doesn’t appear Apple extended that to its partner retailers like Best Buy and others, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Considering Apple’s beef with Samsung over design similarities, some noted with sly amusement that a clock in iOS 6 bears an extremely close resemblance to a clock designed by the Swiss Federal Railway Service. The Swiss don’t intend to ask for money for the design license, they do plan to meet with Apple.(via CNET)
  • Apple’s redesigned the App Store in iOS 6 to help users find more apps they like via the Genius tool. But the way search has been implemented in the redesign has some possibly negative implications, writes VentureBeat.
  • Passbook is now on 100 million iOS devices, according to Apple. Just a few days after its debut in iOS 6, iDownload Blog says an Android equivalent is already available.
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