A report from Bloomberg, citing “people familiar with the move”, believes “Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team, was pushed out by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue”.
Cue was appointed the role to fix the mapping software in the wake of an executive reshuffle that will see former iOS chief Scott Forstall’s term at Apple end by 2013 and saw former retail head John Browett removed in October.
While the majority of Scott Forstall’s responsibilities have been placed at the feet of Senior Vice President Craig Federighi, the mapping and Siri issues have been given to Cue.
Apple Maps has been plagued with issues since its debut in September, with critics highlighting the software’s lack of points of interest, unpolished appearance at some locations, lack of built-in public transit data and the loss of Google’s Street View.
Apple Maps however, brought native turn-by-turn navigation to iOS devices – a feature not found in Google Maps – which launched in Australia earlier this month.