Bloomberg has issued a tweet this afternoon reporting that Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue has fired Richard Williamson, the manager in charge of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps application.
BREAKING: Apple said to fire Maps manager after flaws hurt iPhone 5 debut
— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) November 27, 2012
Update: Not long after tweeting this breaking news, Bloomberg’s full report was posted on their website. Although the information is not yet public, Bloomberg’s sources say that Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team, was recently fired by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue.
Apple Maps, which released with iOS 6, has been met with an abundance of criticisms. Issues including missing (and incorrect) map information and turn-by-turn directions that commonly misdirect the user have not seemed to hurt iPhone 5 sales, but required Tim Cook to apologize to customers accustomed to reliability in Google’s map offerings.
It was only a matter of time before the managerial heads in charge of this troubled application saw their end. First, we saw Scott Forstall out of his job. The former Head of iOS was most likely ousted because of a variety of complications, but he did oversee iOS Maps and iOS in general, so he undoubtedly took some blame.
Apple, and specifically Tim Cook, do not take mistakes lightly and definitely take pride in their standard of excellence. Maps was one of the biggest feature overhauls seen in iOS 6, and Apple has taken its reception seriously — they apparently intend on fixing the problem.