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11/27/2012 02:12 pm ET Updated Nov 27, 2012

Richard Williamson, Apple Maps Manager, Reportedly Fired For Half-Baked App

Apple's mea culpa for its half-baked, mistake-riddled Maps app reportedly continued Tuesday with the firing of the manager in charge of the service.

Speaking with "people familiar with the move," Bloomberg reports that Richard Williamson, whose title is "Vice President, iOS Platform Services," was let go by Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of Internet software and services. Cue was tasked with overseeing Apple Maps after iOS boss Scott Forstall abruptly left the company in October.

Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology letter for the maps debacle, shortly after the release of the iPhone 5 in September. Many customers and journalists had complained that Apple Maps, which replaced Google Maps on iOS, shows glitchy images, gives poor directions and lacks public-transit information.

Forstall's October resignation was reportedly due to his refusal to sign an apology for the app, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Williamson's reported firing has not been publicly announced by Apple, nor did the company comment to Bloomberg about the report. (Visit Bloomberg's site to read the whole story.)

We have reached out to Apple and will update if they respond.

Update: The New York Times, which spoke to its own sources within Apple to confirm Williamson's firing, reports that Williamson was dismissed by Cue shortly before Thanksgiving.

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