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  • Apple Reportedly Fires the Man in Charge of iOS 6 Maps


    iOS 6 Maps introduced a new navigation experience to iOS with turn-by-turn navigation, 3-D flyover view, and new quick-loading vector images. These TomTom based maps were expected to be a big hit, but they quickly rebounded, as users started reporting that the maps were “terrible” and “inaccurate.” Users now eagerly await Google to launch an App Store version of their Google Maps service, which is currently in its beta stages.

    Those of you expecting reform for Apple’s Maps application may be in luck. Apple has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the man who has overseen the development and implementation of Apple’s iOS 6 maps application. That’s not to say that Apple will be reverting to Google Maps once more, however it does mean that we could see some major improvements in the application should a new person be put in charge.

    Apple’s very own Eddy Cue is expected to place a new individual in Williamson’s shoes, however he has not done so just yet, as Bloomberg reports. That being said, the position is currently empty and the iOS 6 Maps application has no leader as of now. It is hoped that Cue puts the right guy in charge so that the Maps application can finally get on the right foot.

    Any change to the Maps application is expected to be over the course of a long period of time and users will still have to rely on third party Mapping applications if they find Apple’s Maps application to be glitchy. Apple has included a Maps section in the App Store that showcases some of the App Store’s best navigation applications, such as TomTom, Waze, and MapQuest.

    Hopefully the Maps will have been improved by the time they come to the Mac as they are expected to in OS X 10.9.

    Sources: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Fires the Man in Charge of iOS 6 Maps started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      StreetView has always been feature I have used a lot. Unless this comes back to iOS I am unlikely to stick with the iPhone - although it was always better on the iPad and there doesn't seem to be any viable alternative to that. Yet.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by DarkDragonAn View Post
      I love Maps. I haven't had any problem or have I ever got lost. It always took me to the correct location.
      One feature I really didn't like is that it will show information in the local language on the map of the location on the map. For example, I was in Greece two weeks for work. I had wifi at the hotel and office but, i disabled data roaming over 3g. The new maps was good in that it cached a large chunk of map data so that it was still usable even without an active data connection. However, it displayed all the street and location names in Greek even though my settings are all English (and my iPhone and I are from the US). So if I did an address search for '13 eptalofou' north of Athens, it would go 'can't find it'. However, if I searched for '13 επταλόφου' then it would find it. And if I searched for named places (hard rock cafe) it would find it but say it was down teh road in the wrong direction.

      Not very helpful. I used the web version of google maps most of the time.
    1. Lysias55's Avatar
      Lysias55 -
      They should have bought rights to use Garmin Maps. They're awesome! I use them on my Kenwood headunit in my truck
    1. brownlace's Avatar
      brownlace -
      I haven't had any problems with the maps app. I love it.
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lysias55 View Post
      They should have bought rights to use Garmin Maps. They're awesome! I use them on my Kenwood headunit in my truck
      Garmin is perfect for the Continental US (considering they use NavTech).

      I think they went with Tom Tom more because of our neighbors over seas.