Apple Maps was an important part of iOS 6 and iOS 7 when those mobile operating systems were announced, but with iOS 8, Apple barely even mentioned its Maps service. During the iOS 8 WWDC keynote presentation, Apple made only one reference to how Maps is changing, and updates to the service itself were not even a part of the discussion. TechCrunch has learned from sources close to the company that “internal politics” may be to blame for Apple’s decision not introduce changes to Maps.
By “politics,” the sources seem to mean that updates to Maps simply could not be worked on because they were badly managed and developers were being moved around far too often. Without any clear road map for developers to follow in updating Maps, some things simply did not get done.
“Many developers left the company, no map improvements planned for iOS 8 release were finished in time,” said one source. “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.”
Maps is not in the same type of situation it once was, so updates are not crucial like they were after iOS 6; yet the lack of changes is still strange. There is time between now and the iPhone 6 unveil for Apple to update Maps, but it may not do so given the internal trouble developers have run into.