Apple’s VP of iOS Software, Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple in early 2013 and will be serving as just an adviser to Tim Cook (Apple CEO) till that time. While others at Apple have been awarded promotions, Scott and retail head John Browett will be leaving the company. Scott was extremely close to Steve Jobs and made an appearance in many of the Apple keynotes except the most recent one.
It appears that things are shaking up at the very top of the company. It is clear the Tim Cook wants to establish his own setup at the company. Scott has been an extremely loyal employee at the company.
Here is what Tim Cook said when announcing the changes –
We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.
Scott Forstall was in-charge of software development for iOS. In recent years, Apple shipped out Siri, which although is quite impressive, does not seem to work for the most part. Apple also removed Google Maps from iOS 6 and announced Apple Maps which was clearly a disaster.