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Lack of Maps Updates in iOS 8 Said to Be Caused by 'Internal Politics', Developers Leaving

maps.jpg Leading up to last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, various reports suggested that Apple would be significantly improving its Maps application in iOS 8, enhancing the underlying infrastructure that powers the application and adding public transit directions from acquired mapping companies HopStop and Embark.

However, while last week's keynote included a lot of new information about iOS 8, Apple's software chief Craig Federighi mentioned no improvements to Maps aside from enhanced vector-based mapping maps in China.

Now, a report from TechCrunch sheds new light as to why iOS 8 does not feature significant improvements to Maps, with an inside source noting that "many developers left the company," as map improvements for iOS 8 were not finished in time. The source added that tasks were "very badly planned", with developers having to jump from "project to project".

The report also gives an account from another source at Apple:
It’s a take that is both contested and corroborated by our other source. “I would say that planning, project management and internal politics issues were a much more significant contributor to the failure to complete projects than developers leaving the group,” the source said.
Apple originally introduced its Maps app in iOS 6 as it looked to move away from Google Maps. However, Apple's Maps drew a significant amount of criticism over inaccuracies in mapping data, errors in locating points of interest, a lack of transit information, and bizarre 3D mapping. Apple CEO Tim Cook even issued a public apology to iOS owners over the ordeal, stating the company was "extremely sorry" for the frustration it had caused and promised "non-stop" work to fix the app.

Related roundups: iOS 8, iOS 8 Features

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15 weeks ago
"They are having a hard time finding the right direction"

:rolleyes:
Rating: 68 Votes
15 weeks ago

Wait... people still use Apple Maps?

I use it for turn-by-turn. Works flawlessly with clean UI. I like it.
Rating: 27 Votes
15 weeks ago
Ping, Maps, Beats

No one needs these things from APPLE!!!!

Leave it to the experts, and focus on what APPLE is good at!
Bring us a new hardware more often!
Rating: 26 Votes
15 weeks ago
Wait... people still use Apple Maps?
Rating: 21 Votes
15 weeks ago
Firing Scott Forstall was not an intelligent move by Apple, Apple should have had more patience wrt to iOS development.
Rating: 18 Votes
15 weeks ago
With due respect, Apple has made a bad choice to move to its own maps without having it ready. Its still not ready and will take another few years "if they find the right direction".
Rating: 18 Votes
15 weeks ago
Apple map works fine for me. Actually, it is better than google maps in my specific area, Valdosta, ga. I have used it many times going to florida and Atlanta. Apple map does not have local transit but it will come probably ios 8.2. I am not in hurry for that. Map is the lowest priority. It is not like google map is not on iOS anyways or other transit apps. People are so picky!;)
Rating: 17 Votes
15 weeks ago
Apple's track record for Maps is extremely poor and is very un-apple like. At this stage, they would be better off killing the project and going with another company (other then google since they don't want that).
Rating: 16 Votes
15 weeks ago

Firing Scott Forstall was not an intelligent move by Apple, Apple should have had more patience wrt to iOS development.



The person responsible for new iOS icons should be fired as well.



Rating: 16 Votes
15 weeks ago
OMG. Apple is doomed all because of maps fiasco.:p



The 1 to 7 split is not adjusted until the market opens. Google having their own fun.
Rating: 15 Votes

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