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Report: Apple Has Fired Its Maps Man

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 16 comments

Eddy Cue is shaking things up in Apple's Maps division.

When iOS 6 launched, the reaction Apple's new Maps application was less than positive. To say the app had some issues would be something of an understatement. Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for the problems with Maps and even pointed iPhone users towards alternative services while Apple worked to make Maps better.

This week, word on the street is that senior manager Richard Williamson was let go in light of the Maps debacle. Bloomberg reports that Eddy Cue "pushed out maps supervisor Richard Williamson" soon after he took over the maps division last month. Bloomberg cites 'people familiar with the situation' in reporting the news, however, it has not yet been made public.

If true, Williamson isn't the only one to be shown the door after Maps' embarrassing debut. In October, Apple announced that Cue would oversee Siri and Maps as part of a new "online services" sector, which includes iTunes, iCloud and Apple's digital stores. At the same time, the company announced that iOS software chief Scott Forstall would leave the company in 2013. Though Apple never confirmed it, rumor had it that Forstall refused to sign a letter apologizing for the issues with Maps. 

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    Murissokah , November 29, 2012 6:01 PM
    They would've done it sooner, but there was some difficulty finding him.
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    boiler1990 , November 29, 2012 6:00 PM
    Marco925This would never happen under jobs, maybe tim cook wouldn't be the arrogant prick that jobs was.


    I don't think Jobs would have released Maps until it was at least a mature product...
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    esrever , November 29, 2012 5:50 PM
    omg an article about apple thats not by zak islam
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    Marco925 , November 29, 2012 5:44 PM
    This would never happen under jobs, maybe tim cook wouldn't be the arrogant prick that jobs was.
  • 12 Hide
    esrever , November 29, 2012 5:50 PM
    omg an article about apple thats not by zak islam
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    eternalkp , November 29, 2012 5:59 PM
    apple should compete with google youtube...itube
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    boiler1990 , November 29, 2012 6:00 PM
    Marco925This would never happen under jobs, maybe tim cook wouldn't be the arrogant prick that jobs was.


    I don't think Jobs would have released Maps until it was at least a mature product...
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    Murissokah , November 29, 2012 6:01 PM
    They would've done it sooner, but there was some difficulty finding him.
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    azraa , November 29, 2012 6:05 PM
    esreveromg an article about apple thats not by zak islam

    That's because Zak published the Apple-favorable ones only.
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    gidgiddonihah , November 29, 2012 6:13 PM
    As much as I don't like Apple I don't think it was his fault. It is the rest of the company and the way they rushed the department to come up with an app that was comparable to the old one which was designed over the course of 5 1/2 years. How can you blame a guy for a problems with a huge project that you rushed to the table in months? It was the company's fault not to look it over at realize it was no where near complete and they should wait until the next iPhone to release it.
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    robochump , November 29, 2012 6:18 PM
    Marco925This would never happen under jobs, maybe tim cook wouldn't be the arrogant prick that jobs was.


    I will agree that fails were very rare when Jobs was at the helm. Apple went with in house Maps because of Google shenanigans and not allowing features that came with Droid version. At least Apple learns from their mistakes and should not happen again.
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    Lord Captivus , November 29, 2012 6:20 PM
    azraaThat's because Zak published the Apple-favorable ones only.

    Haha! i got it!
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    Lord Captivus , November 29, 2012 6:22 PM
    Lord CaptivusHaha! i got it!

    Wrong Quote! HAHA!! cant delete!
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    bllue , November 29, 2012 7:11 PM
    gidgiddonihahAs much as I don't like Apple I don't think it was his fault. It is the rest of the company and the way they rushed the department to come up with an app that was comparable to the old one which was designed over the course of 5 1/2 years. How can you blame a guy for a problems with a huge project that you rushed to the table in months? It was the company's fault not to look it over at realize it was no where near complete and they should wait until the next iPhone to release it.

    Apple is just used to rehashing products. They haven't learned that a project of this magnitude would take longer than what resizing a device takes.
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    Kami3k , November 29, 2012 7:27 PM
    robochumpI will agree that fails were very rare when Jobs was at the helm. Apple went with in house Maps because of Google shenanigans and not allowing features that came with Droid version. At least Apple learns from their mistakes and should not happen again.


    What bull and ignorance from a cultist.
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    mrmez , November 29, 2012 11:26 PM
    Had to happen I guess.
    Still, I don't have a problem taking a temporary step backwards to make things better in the long run. Especially reducing reliance on Google.

    Now they need to fire the fool who makes the old fashioned looking OSX calendar.
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    darkavenger123 , November 29, 2012 11:30 PM
    Tim Cook should fired himself first. Now he got scapegoat. Nice move Cook.
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    slabbo , November 30, 2012 2:02 AM
    I guess it's good to be the CEO, because everyone under you is a scapegoat. But was it really that hard for Tim Cook to play around with maps and say, "hey, we can't release this yet, it's buggy as hell!"
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    darkavenger123 , November 30, 2012 6:32 AM
    slabboI guess it's good to be the CEO, because everyone under you is a scapegoat. But was it really that hard for Tim Cook to play around with maps and say, "hey, we can't release this yet, it's buggy as hell!"


    Tim Cook use an Android. That's why he has no idea about Apple Maps.