Report: Apple exec refused to apologize for Maps

Report: Apple exec refused to apologize for Maps

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An Apple iPhone 5 map application, utilising the new iO6 software, shows two sets of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu, in Hong Kong on September 22, 2012. Apple's new iPhone 5 may have been criticised for its glitch-ridden new maps program, but it may have inadvertently provided a diplomatic solution to China and Japan's ongoing row over disputed islands. When a user searches for the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu, two sets of the islands appear alongside each other. AFP PHOTO / Dale de la Rey (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of Apple's iPhone software development was asked to resign after he refused to sign a letter apologizing for the flaws of Apple's mapping application, according to a published report.

   The Wall Street Journal says Scott Forstall's refusal was the latest clash between him and other executives, and led to the company's announcement Monday that he is stepping down and leaving the company next year.

   Forstall's unit was responsible for the Maps application, which was unfavorably compared to the Google Maps app it replaced.

   Apple also announced the immediate departure of John Browett, a British retail executive who took over Apple's stores in April.
 

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