Belfast Telegraph

Apple chief takes rap over App map mishap

By Eric Harper

A high profile row over how to handle the fallout from the disastrous launch of Apple's iOS Maps service has led to the resignation of the company's Senior Vice-President of iOS Software.

Scott Forstall's departure was announced on Monday in a wide-ranging release from Apple.

Forstall's responsibility for Maps and voice interface Siri has been passed to longtime Apple executive Eddy Cue, whose 23-year tenure has included launching the App and iTunes stores.

According to reports, Forstall clashed with other members of Apple's executive team over whether to publicly apologise for the mapping product or attempt to handle it privately.

Apple CEO Tim Cook ultimately took the decision to apologise via a statement on the Apple website.

The shake-up also promotes Apple's award-winning British designer Jonathan Ive into a position where he will "provide leadership and direction for Human Interface across the company", consolidating his existing hardware design role with responsibility for software also.