Originally Posted by haar
but, 'ifall' has a point, Steve Jobs would have "cracked the whip" in order for the maps app to be perfect
Oh, sure! He's also implying
1. That they aren't now or didn't initially, or that they wouldn't have ever done so with Steve gone.
2. Information about Forstall, et. al. that we do not know, and therefore is just conjecture.
because Apple wrote the google-data-using-map-app... so if Scott Forstall did a good job on the original maps app, why couldn't he do a good job on the new maps app?
They did a great job with it. The UI is amazing.
they were both written by Apple and By extension Scott Forstall.
And, by extension, the code was also written by Phil Schiller, Jonathan Ive, Bob Mansfield, and even Tim Cook himself.
See how that doesn't work? We don't know if Forstall even wrote a line of code for this, even if he was directly responsible for a "Maps team". We don't even know the hierarchy there at all, if he just oversaw everything or if he was directly in charge.
And in effect the only difference between the two maps apps is the data...
Exactly. Forstall wrote a great application. The application is great. The back-end data wasn't the best at launch and remains not necessarily the best. We can guess as to why that is, but that's a separate topic. The point is, it's not Apple's data. And where this differs from the old arrangement is in the number of sources from which they're pulling.
If Forstall is directly responsible for any of this at all, the only place he has dropped the ball is on the aggregation of that data into a fashion most readable by the application (the great application) they wrote. That is something Apple didn't have to do previously. They were given Google's data, straight up, and documentation for it. It would be "this data point corresponds to this thing", and they'd plug it into their app where that belongs.
Instead of tab A into slot A, Apple's now in charge of creating the tabs first. Or, if you want to look at it another way, they have the telephone lines strung, the phones installed in everyone's house, the wires all leading up to the building, the control board built… but they don't have the operators trained or the little cables to plug and unplug manufactured yet.