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Report: Apple Has Fired Its Maps Man

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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  • Marco925
    This would never happen under jobs, maybe tim cook wouldn't be the arrogant prick that jobs was.
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  • esrever
    omg an article about apple thats not by zak islam
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  • eternalkp
    apple should compete with google youtube...itube
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  • boiler1990
    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
    They would've done it sooner, but there was some difficulty finding him.
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  • azraa
    esreveromg an article about apple thats not by zak islamThat's because Zak published the Apple-favorable ones only.
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  • gidgiddonihah
    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
    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
    azraaThat's because Zak published the Apple-favorable ones only.Haha! i got it!
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  • Lord Captivus
    Lord CaptivusHaha! i got it!Wrong Quote! HAHA!! cant delete!
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