There aren’t many people in the western world who don’t know of the flaws within the new Apple-built Maps app. The company famously booted both Google Maps and the native YouTube app from its operating system when iOS 6 launched in October. But it didn’t take long for the faults in the app to show up. Whether it was missing/incorrect information, poor quality satellite images or just weird and wonky pictures of bridges and buildings, the new Maps was nothing like what we’ve come to expect from our usually-excellent favorite fruit company.
Although Apple is yet to make it official, a source spoke to Bloomberg, and said that Richard Williamson (the manager who oversaw Maps) was fired by SVP Eddy Cue. As noted by the site:
Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team, was fired by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information wasn’t yet public. Cue, who took over last month as part of a management shakeup, is seeking advice from outside mapping-technology experts and prodding digital maps provider TomTom NV (TOM2) to fix landmark and navigation data it shares with Apple.
This is just part of the huge management shakeup at Cupertino, which was kicked off by Scott Forstall’s dismissal last month. It’s also important to note that Apple and TomTom are working hard together to ensure that Maps is as good as it can be. Let’s hope that obvious improvements are made soon.