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Apple iOS 8 Maps missed its debut at WWDC because of mismanagement

Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 09, 2014.

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Apple iOS 8 was the main topic of conversation at Worldwide Developer Conference, but very little was said about Apple Maps. That's because Apple reportedly missed it's window to showcase what's new in its mobile operating system. TechCrunch reports that Apple has originally planned to use WWDC as the launch point for several new features in iOS 8, including the addition of transit directions. However, poor management of tasks and clashes with personnel led to missteps and delays in the project.

According to a report from TechCrunch and a separate post from 9to5Mac, several Apple employees were upset with the management style of departed Maps Quality lead Cathy Edwards. Another key member reportedly left because of problems with Edwards, and the team didn't not complete enough tasks to make Maps fully presentable on stage or in the beta release of iOS 8.

The lack of head turning news at WWDC was not initially an issue because Apple did make some announcements and telegraphed that major changes are in the cards. However, Apple has made several acquisitions solely for acquiring technology and talent to rapidly improve the quality of its mapping system. Apple would clearly prefer to have these issues resolved very quickly to ensure that the changes to Maps is ready for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 launch this fall.

source: Techcrunch, via: 9to5 Mac

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