11/28/2012 11:38:55 AM
Apple 'axes Maps chief' after widely derided launch
The executive behind Apple's mapping software has reportedly left the company, after the service was greeted by widespread derison by users.
According to a report in Bloomberg, Richard Williamson, who led the mapping division, was axed by the company by senior vice-president Eddy Cue. Apple refused to comment on the report.
The manufacturer's botched Maps launch was heavily criticised by users after results were incomplete or inaccurate. Apple moved away from Google's maps service in another sign of increased competition between the two companies.
The launch led to an unprecedented apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said mapping services from rivals should be used in the meantime while its own service was improved. The furore also led to the exit of former iOS chief Scott Forstall, who left the company after reportly refusing to add his name to the apology.
Editor: Graeme Neill