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Apple Maps director sacked, report claims

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by Monira Matin
, 28 Nov 2012
Apple Maps director sacked, report claims

Apple has reportedly fired another executive involved in the preparation and execution of its beleaguered native mapping software, which was released as part of iOS 6.

According to Bloomberg, unnamed sources claim that Richard Williamson, who was Apple's senior director of iOS platform services, was canned by SVP Eddy Cue over the Apple Maps drama.

The tech titan released its latest mobile OS in September and replaced Google Maps, which it had used since 2007, with its own app. Apple Maps immediately came under fire from customers and industry critics alike, after it become inundated with reports of missing landmarks, inaccurate directions and a lack of public transport information.

The perceived debacle saw a public apology from CEO Tim Cook and the surprise departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall. Retail head John Browett also packed his bags, and subsequent speculation has pointed to the duo apparently being given the boot for refusing to sign the apology letter.

Although Apple has yet to officially announce Williamson's departure or who will replace him, a spokesperson for the Cupertino-based company said that the firm is working to improve its mapping software using navigation firm TomTom and other outside mapping-technology experts.

Erstwhile cartographic partner Google is thought to be preparing to unveil its own iOS 6 Maps app, and Finnish firm Nokia also recently released a version of its Here Maps software for Apple's mobile platform.

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