They say history repeats itself, and in the case of Apple it apparently has. The recent disastrous iOS 8.0.1 update that rendered the new iPhone 6 useless, has a link to the infamous Maps failure from 2012. According to a Bloomberg report, the man in-charge for quality assurance in iOS 8.0.1 Josh Williams was also in charge of quality control for Apple Maps. Also Read - Apple iPad 8th Gen review: A sweet “second” PCAlso Read - Apple to increase prices of apps, in-app purchases in India
The publication notes, The similarities [between the Apple Maps release and the iOS 8.0.1 update] don t end with the apologies Apple offered to disgruntled customers. The same person at Apple was in charge of catching problems before both products were released. Josh Williams, the mid-level manager overseeing quality assurance for Apple s iOS mobile-software group, was also in charge of quality control for maps, according to people familiar with Apple s management structure. Also Read - Apple AirPods 3rd Gen, new AirPods Pro coming early 2021
Williams has been with the company since 2000, and is a mid-level manager. He leads a team of 100 people whose job is to oversee the quality of the products. A person familiar with the matter told the publication that Apple had moved him to iOS quality assurance patrol, after the 2012 s Maps fiasco.
The publication notes that Apple s tight security protocols could have contributed to the botched up iOS 8.0.1 update. The report claims that engineers and bug testers aren t provided with new iPhones, which affects the overall quality.
In 2012, when Apple released Maps, the service was not well polished, and on many fronts not even accurate. This had lead Apple CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize for releasing a faulty product. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Cook again recalled that incidence, and said that the team had screwed-up .
After the Maps failure, the company had let go two people in-charge of the team Scott Forstall and Richard Williamson. However, Josh Williams remained in the company, and was shifted to a different project.