Rumor has it that Apple might be looking for some help on the iOS 6 Maps app from its retail store employees.
According to MacRumors, several unnamed sources have said that participating Apple stores are now allowing their staff to devote up to 40 hours per week collectively to reporting app errors and giving suggestions on how to improve Maps.
ifoAppleStore also posted the same news with a tweet that said, "So far it's voluntary: Apple retail store managers are asking store employees to report iOS 6 Maps app errors to help improve the database."
When Apple opted to boot Google Maps from its recent iOS 6 -- essentially forcing customers to use its own native app -- many users got up in arms. Complaints about Apple Maps included talk of inaccurate data, lack of details, distorted images, and erroneous directions.
If MacRumors got it right, retail store employees will be able to be part of these improvements. Apple has about 400 retail stores worldwide with roughly 40,000 employees. Apparently, the people assigned to the task will examine the app's mapping data on iPhones and iPads in their towns and cities. It's unclear what they'll use as a litmus test in these examinations -- it could be a comparison with Google Maps, in-person verification, or something else.