Apple Peels Off Another Layer, Fires Williamson

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple (AAPL) is cleaning house once again. Apple has dismissed Roger Williamson, the manager responsible for Apple’s fledgling Maps software. The departure of Scott Forstall in October led the way for SVP Eddie Cue to head up Apple’s online services including iCloud, iTunes, and Siri. It seems Williamson, along with Forstall, were both on the shortlist of candidates to take the fall for the troubled Maps. With Cue at the helm, he brings a history of solving online services problems, most notably by replacing MobileMe with iCloud.

With this latest firing, it seems Apple is bent on convincing the public that Tim Cook’s earlier apology was for real and that Apple is doing everything in their power to fix the Maps fiasco. Apple is reported to be pushing maps partner TomTom (TOM2) to help them fix the various landmark issues. At the time of this writing, it is also reported that Google (GOOG) is putting the finishing touches on their standalone Maps app for iOS that will also include turn by turn directions. The only question is whether users will be given the choice in iOS over which mapping solution they wish to use.

With Apple stock once again on the upswing, it seems Tim Cook has proven to investors that he’s on the right track and it will only be a matter of time before one of Apple’s biggest problems will be history.

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