Apple iOS Chief Leaves, Jon Ive Takes Control

At an as-yet-unknown date sometime in 2013, Apple's Senior Vice President, iOS Software Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple. Forstall's role is being reduced immediately, and Jony Ive will be taking over leadership and direction for Human Interface.

The other aspects of Forstall's position will be doled out to various other members of Apple's existing executive team.

Forstall had been primarily responsible for Apple's increasingly skeuomorphic UI design, and his departure could very well mean that drastic changes in the look and feel of Apple's software aren't far behind. If you're attached to your virtual leather calenders and lined legal pad note applications, get ready to start letting go.

Forstall was never particularly popular with the rest of the Apple crowd. Former associates of his have commented (anonymously) that he was "maddeningly political" and that he never quite got along with other executives, such as Ive who will now be taking his place. Many went so far as to say they pointedly avoided meetings with Forstall, unless Tim Cook was around to mediate.

It's worth noting too that Forstall was in charge of Apple Maps, the release of which was a fiasco on a level uncommon for a company that prides itself on products that "just work". The company formally apologised, and there were no immediate internal repercussions, but you can't help but think that failure had something to do with this move.

Receiving second billing on the Apple exec musical chairs was the move of Bob Mansfield to a new Technologies group, that will combine all of Apple's wireless devices—and semiconductor interests—into one seething mass of profitability. Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X, tipping the march Cupertino has been making towards convergence since OS X Lion.

Apple's timing for the announcement, incidentally, couldn't be better; a hurricane threatens the northeast, Google and Microsoft made some of their biggest announcements of the year, the World Series just ended. If there was ever a time the world wasn't going to notice a major ousting at a high level in Silicon Valley, it's right about now.

Ideally, the executive shake-up here will ultimately result in a better unification between Apple's hardware and software sides, especially considering Ive is effectively now in charge of both. We'll just have to wait and see what kind of effects this will have in the ecosystem as a whole. One thing's for certain: there's going to be a whole lot less leather. [Apple via The Next Web]


Comments

    LOL, it reads like when you break up with a girl friend and all you mates then tell you that they never liked her in the first place. Also it sound like a great company that sacks someone when a new feature in a product release doesn't live up to expectations - shouldn't the buck stop with Cooke?

      Ex Apple staff have been critical of Forstall for some time. Nothing new in that regard is coming to light.

    So, while "[i]t’s worth noting too that Forstall was in charge of Apple Maps", it's not worth noting that he was in charge of Calendar, Phone, Reminders, the old Maps, Videos, Music, Mail, iMessage, and every other baked-in app, and the OS itself?

    Yes, he's reputedly an arsehole, but give the guy some credit - he only lead the team that created iOS, and as a result, two of the most popular consumer devices in history.

    I'm surprised that in all the stuff you lifted from the Newsweek article on the guy, you left out the bit that suggested he might be the closest thing Apple had to another Steve Jobs. There's positive elements for both parties there (mostly for Forstall - Apple shafting SJ worked out better for him than them), but if I were an Apple fanboy, I'd be a little concerned about what this move might represent for my those demi-gods who control my beloved Apple-supported lifestyle.

      Yeah, I think the article sells him a bit short. He seems to be very key to Apples current success, particularly with the iPhone and iPad. He was also one of the key people to convince Jobs to allow an App store on the phone, something Jobs didn't originally want among other key decisions.

      In terms of raw talent, I think it's a loss for Apple. At the same time, if the current management can't work with him then something has to give. Maybe if Jobs was still around we wouldnt be getting this announcement today. Reportedly he wouldn't put his name to the Maps public apology which I'm sure didn't go down well with Tim Cook, the person that was already acting as his mediator with other vital staff.

    He wasnt actually sacked, he is staying on as advisor to Tim Cook till sometime in 2013 - If he were fired he would be gone straight away.

      You can be given all your warning and told you will be let go on X-date though they require you to stay to help with a handover of your role. Particularly high level employees.

    Apple probably not happy with th reception to Maps, bugs in iOS 6.

    having Jon take over can only be a good thing and most welcome news given how Find my friends and ical looked under forstal

    its about fucking time. im sick to death of all this naative american indian leather and pool table felt bullshit, they should make the rest of iOS look like the restyled music app, its awesome.

    Just when I was starting to actually like the skeuomorphic UI that matched iCloud.com.

    They couldn't let this guy walk out the door with his knowledge of Apples future design plans. They keep him out of the loop until what he knows isn't worth anything, then they give him his marching orders. Plebs get the walk of shame, but dudes like Scott, get the cone of silence.

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