Apple Axes Maps Chief
Google readying maps app for Apple devices
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 1:56 AM CST
Apple's replacement for Google's mapping software became a major setback for the company.    (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

(Newser) – The manager who oversaw Apple's mistake-ridden maps software has been told to clean out his desk and attempt to find his way out of the building. Mapping team chief Richard Williamson was fired as part of a management shake-up last month, sources tell Bloomberg, and his replacement is scrambling to improve the heavily criticized software.

After Apple released its answer to Google Maps in September, it soon received reports of errors including misplaced landmarks and routes that got people lost, prompting a public apology from CEO Tim Cook. Some problems have been fixed and the company says it is continuing to improve the product, but it will soon be competing with a Google Maps app for Apple devices, which could be out before the end of the year, the New York Times notes.

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Nov 28, 2012 12:32 PM CST
isn't this old news?
Nov 28, 2012 6:46 AM CST
I love having an occasional map lookup. It's great. however nothing beats an atlas or a well made, tried and true map. Nothing beats the fun of it and nothing beats it's use. When on an atlas or road map I find my destination I kinda like to study the area for a few minutes. If a road I am needing is blocked for construction I kind of have a good idea about how to get around it. That being said when I am out and about and wanna get somewhere nothing beats being able to look it up quickly on the net.
Nov 28, 2012 5:35 AM CST
We voted, Nordbert, and you're going to have to take the blame for this. Sorry, old chum.