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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:34 PM

 

Apple Fires Maps Manager After Controversy Surrounding App

Source: eWEEK

By Jeffrey Burt

Apple reportedly is continuing to clean house after the debacle surrounding its disappointing Maps app in iOS 6.

Richard Williamson, who managed the team that developed the application, was fired by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, according to a Nov. 27 report in Bloomberg. According to "people familiar with the move," Williamson's dismissal is part of a larger effort by Cue to address the problems that arose following the very public failure of the Apple Maps app, which debuted in September. Apple officials hoped that it would replace Google's Maps app on Apple devices, but the Apple software was found to be faulty and it was quickly criticized by reviewers and users alike.

The push back from the public was so bad that Apple issued a written apology signed by CEO Tim Cook.

The problems with the mapping app led to the eventual dismissal of Scott Forstall, a top software executive at Apple and, according to some people, a protege of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. According to reports in October, Forstall refused to sign onto Apple's apology, reportedly arguing that Apple could fix the issue without issuing an apology, as the company had done in the past when it had released iPhones with antenna problems.

Read more: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/apple-fires-maps-manager-after-controversy-surrounding-app/

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Reply Apple Fires Maps Manager After Controversy Surrounding App (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 OP
Panasonic Nov 2012 #1
bluedigger Nov 2012 #2
Panasonic Nov 2012 #3
FreeState Nov 2012 #7
im1013 Nov 2012 #10
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2012 #9
JI7 Nov 2012 #4
SunSeeker Nov 2012 #6
DaveJ Nov 2012 #5
still_one Nov 2012 #8
DaveJ Nov 2012 #11
still_one Nov 2012 #12

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:36 PM

1. Apparently, they haven't fired anyone for suggesting Google Maps be removed in favor for their poor

 

maps.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:36 PM

2. What controversy?

I thought everyone was pretty much in agreement that the app sucked.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:37 PM

3. Controversy is the idea of Apple removing Google Maps

 

in favor of their own app which was a universal failure.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:38 AM

10. Me too!!

I've never had any glitches with it at all, and I don't live in a big city.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:12 PM

9. "a universal failure"? It had some glitches that the MS press flogged for weeks.

Hardly a universal failure. Zillions of people now use iOS 6 and many like me prefer Apple maps over G maps.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:43 PM

4. people still seem to be buying up these things

i wish they would release something with more crappy things just so i can see the people who will still go out to buy it.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:59 PM

6. Not me. I just bought the Galaxy Note II.

I love it! Humongous screen. Comes with Google Maps. Cool stylus pen for drawing on the screen. The car/wall charger cord is the same one I use for my blue tooth ear piece and for me prior cell phone, so nothing new to buy, unlike Apple's scam move to force everyone to buy new chargers for their phones by changing the shape of the prong. Oh, and I didn't have to wait it line to get it.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:54 PM

5. I hate corporate culture

Eddy Cue took over as part of a "corporate shakeup"

I don't know if these guys deserved to get fired, probably it's just douche bags firing other douche bags.

There is such a lack of team work in the corporate world, nothing but self interest, especially in a company that idolized the letter 'i', and it will never change because it's human nature that these assholes are going to continue to run things.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:24 PM

8. He has an ego problem if he would not sign off on an apology. Let him go work for Oracle. The

fact is Jobs did apologize about the antenna problem, and provide free bumper cases for those who wanted them, which indicates, if the article is correct, he has a problem with historical perspective as well.

When Tylenol had an issue with a crazy contaminating their medicine, they did not try to cover it up, they recalled all of it, repackaged the product, and gained consumer confidence in the process

Time and time again, whenever something goes wrong, those that come out immediately and accept responsibility, and take corrective action are rewarded, those that don't have consequences far worse


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Response to still_one (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:47 AM

11. True of Scott Forstal, not necessarily Richard Williamson

I noticed the apology angle too, but even if that were true, that was mentioned later about Forstal not Williamson.

The larger issue is that these people obtained their positions in the first place. It is not difficult to ascertain someone's character. It is not hard to tell if someone is a selfish douche bag or someone of upstanding character. These are high level positions, some of the loftiest on the planet, so one would think that they would have spent some time proving themselves as such.

But that's not how it works. Management is more about how well you can demoralize the workers, make them work for as little as possible, and still be able to fall asleep at night, collecting a couple pennies for every dollar you take out of workers' retirements.

Also even after many failures management types tend to fail upward. People who do a good job never get fired and continue to get neglected their entire lives whereas when management fails they tend to go on to get even better jobs.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:53 AM

12. very true

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