I wouldn't peel the apples... Nor would I boil them down. If you have a good blender, you can also pop the apples (peels and all!) into it and let it run, if it doesn't have a speed setting, then you can just pulse it if you're afraid to make them puree. It might just be me, but they definitely lose some of their flavor when they're boiled down or cooked in any way. But, if I were to make it for other people who aren't as nit picky about their food, they would probably love it (if I managed to not burn it, I burned mashed potatoes once...). So, all in all it's a good recipe, but it really depends on preference.
Very good applesauce and very easy to make. The maple syrup added just enough sweetness. I left out the cinnamon because hubby doesn't like it. He's very picky about applesauce, and LOVES this recipe!