Although their mapping technology has much improved since the release of iOS6, Apple has gone and fired the man responsible for making the troubled software. Richard Williamson, the employee who managed the mapping team, was reportedly pushed out by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, according to sources at Bloomberg.
Bloomberg goes on to report that "[i]n removing Williamson, Cue wants to install a new leadership team for the group," adding that a "replacement for Williamson wasn’t immediately known."
This reorganizing comes on the heels of Google's (arguably superior) mapping technology that, as of Tuesday, now lets you view "Indoor Maps" of locations across the globe. (Google should have a map app ready for iOS at the end of the year, provided Apple approves it.) Most iPhone users will recall that the phone's map app was Google-based until iO6 came out using Apple's own maps. The Cupertino, Calif. company's software, however, left much to be desired at the time, including such issues faulty landmark searches and "routes that get users lost and lack of public transit directions."
Apple's mapping snafu even prompted the company to make a rare public apology.