Apple Kicked off Scott Forstall Forcefully? What Major Tech Sites Say?
Apple today announced major changes its high level management team out of which the most significant change was the departure of Scott Forstall who was working as Apple Senior Vice President of iOS Software. Forstall will not leave the company immediately; instead, he will perform his new duties as advisor to CEO Tim Cook at Apple till 2013.
Being a Senior Vice President of iOS Software at Apple like tech giant, Scott Forstall is one of the most famous tech person in the world. He was basically taken from NeXT, Inc. and he joined Apple accompanied with Steve Jobs when Apple acquired NeXT in 1996. He has also been recognized as a good speaker for delivering Apple keynotes and for demoing the latest iOS features. Forstall was even reported as Apple’s CEO-in-Waiting back in January after Steve Jobs death.
We have recently posted an article on division in Apple management over introduction of skeuomorphism in latest iOS 6,
However, in result of Apple’s major change in its team of executives, Jonathan Ive will lead Apple’s Human Interface team now, additionally.
This post takes a review on the news pointing out a different story that Apple has actually kicked of Scott Forstall forcefully instead of his calm departure from the company;
John Gruber at DaringFireball just notes;
Forstall is not walking away; he was pushed. Potential factors that worked against Forstall: his design taste, engineering management, abrasive style, and the whole iOS 6 Maps thing. I also wonder how much Forstall was effectively protected by his close relationship with Steve Jobs — protection which, obviously, no longer exists.
Similarly, Adam Lashinsky at Inside Apple says yes to Gruber’s note and refers Apple Maps issue as a big reason for his termination:
I also heard that Forstall refused to sign the letter apologizing for the mapping fiasco, sealing his fate at Apple.
Lashinsky also cited Apple CEO Tim Cook’s public apology for iOS 6′s Maps issues. Notably, the Apple’s own Map app in iOS 6 replacing Google Maps was the most criticized feature of iOS 6. After a noteworthy disapproval over iOS 6′s Mapping solution, Cook wrote an open letter express regret to customers for not meeting their belief on Apple.
The Wall Street Journal also confirms that Apple has forcefully kicked of Forstall from the company.
In deciding how to manage the crisis, Mr. Forstall argued that the company could address the outcry without apologizing, as Apple had done when it shipped iPhones with faulty antennas a few years ago, one of these people said. Mr. Cook and others disagreed, these people said. Mr. Cook signed his name to the apology instead.
They also repeat the most significant blame on Forstall; his clashes with senior exectives at Apple. One source even claimed that he “never fit into the culture of Apple”.
NYTimes validates the same story too:
A senior Apple employee who asked not to be named said Mr. Forstall had also incurred the ire of other executives after inserting himself into product development that went beyond his role at the company. One person in touch with Apple executives said the mood of people at the company was largely positive about Mr. Forstall’s departure.
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