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Apple's Eddy Cue fires exec in charge of iOS 6 Maps

updated 02:36 pm EST, Tue November 27, 2012

Cue said to be bringing in new leadership for Maps group

Apple's senior VP for Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has fired the executive in charge of iOS 6 Maps, Richard Williamson, according to Bloomberg sources. Although it's unknown if a replacement for Williamson has been lined up, one of the sources claims that Cue is planning to install a new leadership team in the Maps group. Meanwhile, another source says that a team is dedicated to fixing mapping mistakes, for instance upgrading UK satellite imagery or the labeling for US landmarks. The group is allegedly concentrating on the most obvious problems first.

The report suggests that Cue is also hunting for advice from mapping experts outside Apple. When the company made the transition to iOS 6 it ditched content from Google, its long-time partner on the Maps app. The replacement content has been widely criticized, not just for having missing or inaccurate data, but also for sometimes sporting ugly graphics, and for losing critical features such as Street View and public transportation directions.

Williamson is just the latest casualty of the Maps debacle. The most prominent firing has been Scott Forstall, formerly the head of iOS. Forstall is said to have been kicked out because of a refusal to sign an apology for Maps; he was also intensely disliked by some other executives, such as lead designer Jonathan Ive.




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  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    To be honest, none of this soap opera stuff is compelling. I'm more interested in knowing when Apple will finish updating Maps as well as other services, along with overhauling the skeuomorphic designs that riddle it.

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    Nice to see Richard Williamson go in another direction.

  1. Zanziboy

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    Joined: 08-27-08

    Originally Posted by pairof9sView Post

    To be honest, none of this soap opera stuff is compelling. I'm more interested in knowing when Apple will finish updating Maps as well as other services, along with overhauling the skeuomorphic designs that riddle it.



    I agree. There has been too much interest in problems than solutions. The technical issues with Maps are well-known. We need to know what actions the company is taking to fix Maps and create an common mapping solution for all Apple products going forward. Apple should be spending money fixing Maps and increasing share value rather than blowing the cash on small dividends. Can someone summon the spirit of Steve Jobs, please?

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    1. Apple HAS been making significant improvements to Maps. If you haven't tried it lately, try it now. Go to some of the well-publicized problem spots. You'll see for yourself. (for me it has worked flawlessly since day one, because I live in a city in North America and drive a car. I appreciate that the loss of transit directions was a blow to a large segment of Maps users).

    2. The dividend plan was discussed and approved by the executives Jobs picked while Jobs was still at the company.

    3. Apple makes back the cash they "blew" on dividends in about a week. I mean this literally: Apple makes *at least* $10BN per month (usually more) these days, the dividend cost $2.5B. Their cash stockpile has grown significantly despite the dividend.

  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: 08-15-02

    I wish for a (favourite/select) map download vs data plan version... I am amazed anyone can map the entire world in real time.

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