Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Second head falls after Apple Maps fiasco

In late October, Apple announced that Scott Forstall, who has been senior vice president of iOS Software, would be leaving the company. At least part of the reason was his refusal to sign an apology for the Apple Maps fiasco. On Tuesday, another head fell in the "case of the incomplete map app."

Richard Williamson, listed at LinkedIn as Senior Director, iOS Platform Services at Apple, is out. Williamson oversaw the mapping team and was pushed out by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who took over some of Forstall's responsibilities.

Apple's new Maps App, which replaced Google Maps in the platform as of iOS 6, has been criticized for lack of public transit directions, poor routing, and more. Apple CEO Tim Cook was forced to issue an open apology letter for it, one which the company had intended Forstall to sign. Meanwhile the app has been called an incomplete product by some and dangerous by others.

According to reports, Williamson was fired just before the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Apple is a corporation, and it's all about the bottom line; why pay Williamson for the holiday, right?

It’s unclear if Apple has found a replacement for him, but Cue is reportedly seeking Apple Maps assistance from outside mapping-technology experts and is pushing digital maps provider TomTom NV, which provides data to Apple, to make corrections.

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