Back at the end of October, we heard about some significant shake-ups going on within the upper echelons of Apple management. One of the big names affected by the changes was Scott Forstall, who we learned would be leaving Apple supposedly because of his involvement with the iOS 6 Apple Maps disaster. It seems like the ripples of that failure continue to through the Apple hierarchy, and now Richard Williamson is the latest to feel its sting.
Reportedly, Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue has targeted Williamson for dismissal following his work heading-up the Maps team. Cue is said to be engaging outside mapping experts in an effort to bring Apple’s offering up to par. For the moment, it’s not clear if Williamson’s outing is a result of his past performance in delivering iOS 6 Maps, or has to do with a failure to see eye-to-eye on what Apple needs to do to strengthen its mapping position from here on out.
Do these staffing changes give you iOS users out there increased confidence that Apple will eventually deliver a mapping solution that’s competitive with Google’s, or are you still eagerly awaiting the chance to see a stand-alone Google Maps iOS app released?