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Maps fallout claims another Apple exec

28 Nov 2012
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Apple has reportedly fired the head of its iOS Maps development team as the company continues to work on repairing the embattled application.

A report from Bloomberg quoted company sources who said Apple had dismissed its senior director of iOS platform services Richard Williamson. Williamson had been the head of the company's mapping operations.

Apple did not respond to a request for confirmation of comment on the matter.

The move comes as Apple continues to overcome a flop of a release for its branded mapping application. The company had cut its ties with Google and moved in-house to develop the Maps application for iOS 6.

Shortly after the platform was released, however, users complained over the poor image quality and numerous technical glitches with the Apple Maps platform. Eventually, the outcry over Maps became so bad that Apple chief executive Tim Cook issued a public letter of apology to fans and vowed to improve the quality of the application.

Earlier this year, Apple shook up its management team when it announced that Scott Forstall would be stepping down from his position as vice president of the iOS platform in a move many blamed on the poor reception for iOS 6.

One of those tipped to replace Forstall, Eddy Cue, was claimed to have instigated Williamson's firing by Bloomberg.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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