Apple Reportedly Fires The Guy Responsible For Maps

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Remember when Apple released iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, and everybody was complaining about the maps? Bloomberg is now reporting that the manager responsible for the software has been fired by the company.

Bloomberg's Adam Satariano cites "people familiar with the move," indicating that Richard WIlliamson, who oversaw the mapping team was fired by SVP Eddy Cue.

It will be interesting to see how Apple is able to move past this smudge on its lauded product launch history, and past the relationship with Google, which provided maps on earlier versions of the OS. Many have grown familiar and comfortable with Google Maps, and are anxiously awaiting the release of a Google Maps app for iOS.

Earlier this month, reports emerged that the app was almost ready for submission.

Meanwhile, Google continues to update its maps offering, which should provide for a richer experience for users who have done without (granted, access via the mobile web has remained an option).

Chris Crum
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