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Apple ditches Maps exec Williamson

Apple ditches Maps exec Williamson

The executive behind Apple Maps has been fired by the tech giant, reports suggest, after storm of criticism for the software’s failings compared with the Google Maps app it replaced on the iPhone.

According to sources “familiar with the move” at Apple cited by finance news specialists Bloomberg, Apple Maps helmsman Richard Williamson has been let go by senior vice president at the tech giant Eddy Cue.

Cue's remit at Apple following a reshuffle at boardroom level in October is to oversee improvements to Maps and the similarly badly received Siri voice commands app.

The removal of Williamson, which will be followed by Cue seeking out the counsel of Cupertino outsiders, is seen as a first step towards a major overhaul of the Maps team.

Last month, Apple also announced the departure of Scott Forstall, who was previously principally responsible for iOS.

Rumours suggest Forstall had a strained relationship with Apple hardware design guru Jonathan Ive and pointedly refused to sign a letter apologising to the public for Apple Maps – both of these circumstances are believed to have been key to his leaving the cosy confines of Infinite Loop.



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