Scott Forstall and John Browett got fired from Apple

by Volker Weber

Apple announces changes in top management:

Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple

Scott Forstall was the manager responsible for iOS and the new Maps application.

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design

Excellent. Scott Forstall was pushing skeuomorphism in interface design, Jony Ive is said to oppose it strongly.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri and Maps, placing all of our online services in one group.

Another excellent move. Maps is a service not an app.

Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X

Federighi is taking over Forstall's job and now leads both software stacks.

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams

Bob Mansfield is the genius that Apple almost lost this year.

John Browett is leaving Apple. A search for a new head of Retail is underway and in the interim, the Retail team will report directly to Tim Cook.

That was a bad hire. Six months of bad decisions that had to be overturned. He will not be missed.

Comments

Full ACK on this:

"Excellent. Scott Forstall was pushing skeuomorphism in interface design, Jony Ive is said to oppose it strongly."

Yes, I had to look it up but it is one of the major things I do not like about the iOS optics. Good times and fresh looks ahead for iOS, then :)

Hubert Stettner, 2012-10-30

Yep - that (skeuomorphism) is my word of the day - hadn't heard it until today, now it's everywhere. I also had to look it up - I wonder how long I will remember what it means ;-)

John Keys, 2012-10-30

John Brewett was always an odd choice, anyone who had been into a Dixons in the UK would wonder why he was hired.

Matt white, 2012-10-30

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