“To the casual observer it might appear that Apple was caught off guard by just how bad its in-house maps app was. But the company had plenty of warning,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“Developers have been complaining about Apple’s Maps since shortly after they were given the first pre-release version in early June, CNET has learned,” Lowensohn reports. “They say they filed bug requests, sent e-mails to specific Apple employees, and vented on message boards only other developers and Apple could see.”

Lowensohn reports, “All of the half dozen developers with whom CNET spoke — each of whom have applications that rely on Apple’s maps technology — requested that their names and the names of their applications be kept out of this story because of ongoing relationships with the company. But they say the issues were well-documented among developers, who used four pre-release versions of the software before it was given to the public last month. Apple declined to comment.”

Much more in the full article here.