Rich Williams, the manager responsible for the horrible, horrible iOS Maps app, has been shown the door by Apple’s SVP Eddie Cue, following the sacking of Scott Forstall last month.
He apparently was unwilling to formally apologize for the app. In another time and place he would have been asked to cut open his stomach with a meathook.
Rumors have been flying about Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall’s hurried departure from Apple. Among other misdeeds he apparently was unwilling to sign the iOS 6 Maps apology letter, leaving it to CEO Tim Cook.
From the viewpoint of someone who loves most Apple design, I am not surprised to learn that Forstall was the man behind the ugly ugly skeuomorphs in iOS and Mac OS X, like the stitched leather in Apple calendars. He and Jony Ive apparently couldn’t stand each other, and Ive will now be leading Apple’s user interface efforts.
Apple stock should shoot up on this news, but the average market analyst is unlikely to be able to parse the impact of this on Apple’s future.