WWDC: Project managers drop the ball on Apple Maps upgrade

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Project managers at Apple dropped the ball on providing improvements to the much maligned Apple Maps ready for the release of iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held last week in San Francisco.

That is the conclusion of one source consulted by TechCrunch about why Apple failed to unveil any significant updates to Apple Maps despite various reports that they would be coming at this year's conference.

"Many developers left the company, no map improvements planned for iOS 8 release were finished in time. Mostly it was failure of project managers and engineering project managers, tasks were very badly planned, developers had to switch multiple times from project to project," the source told TechCrunch.

A pre-conference report from 9to5 Mac had said that Apple would be unveiling a substantial upgrade to its Maps app for iOS devices when it unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC. But the Maps upgrade was nowhere to be seen.

The upgrade was supposed to include an enhanced database, new labels for places of interest, more visible streets, public transit directions, improved indoor mapping and augmented reality features.

Apple Maps has been a thorn in the side of Apple since the first version was released with iOS 6. The original app had numerous bugs, unreliable data and lacked many features of Google Maps, which Apple decided to drop from its iOS devices in 2012. In one widely publicized inaccuracy, Apple Maps told drivers to drive across the runways at Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska.

Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology for the various problems with Apple Maps, and Scott Forstall, who was in charge of development of Apple Map, was forced to resign.

For more:
- read the TechCrunch report
- check out the 9to5 Mac report

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