Remains of the Day: Road to nowhere
Apple’s map manager gets shown the door (accurately, we hope), Siri will soon do everything but drive your car (thankfully), and one user dreams of the Apple TV (that will never be). The remainders for Tuesday, November 27, 2012 know where they’re going, but they don’t know where they been.
Bloomberg reports that Apple has sacked the manager in charge of iOS 6’s Maps. Richard Williamson was supposedly ousted by senior vice president Eddy Cue, who took charge of Maps in the wake of Scott Forstall’s departure late last month. You know, this is a step up for Apple. It wasn’t so long ago that the company would have tried to fire the Washington Monument for not being two-dimensional.
As long as we’re talking about Apple taking over other parts of your life, here’s news from GM: The American auto-maker announced that two of its 2013 cars, the Chevrolet Spark minicar and the Chevy Sonic subcompact, will launch with Siri integration in the form of the Eyes Free mode Apple touted back at WWDC. Which, we will note, does not mean you can close your eyes while driving. Yes, I’m looking at you, buster.
My À La Carte Dream - Apple TV Concept (The Verge)
Concepts of a “true” Apple TV are almost as old as the actual Apple TV. One forum poster at The Verge put together his idea of what the perfect device would look like, complete with Siri integration, FaceTime, the App Store, and—perhaps most unrealistically of all—a $5 price tag for an HD version of a new movie.