The bombshell news surrounding Apple exec Scott Forstall’s exit from Apple continues to swirl as a new report suggests Forstall was forced out over Apple Maps. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Forstall was asked to leave after he refused to sign his name to the letter apologizing to customers over Apple’s Maps service. The incident led to yet another clash between Forstall and other key Apple execs who were already frustrated and looking for a reason to get him out of the company.
The report further states that Forstall argued that Apple could weather the Apple Maps troubles just as the company had done with “antenna-gate.” Instead, Forstall lost the battle for Apple to apologize leading to CEO Tim Cook signing his name to the letter. The WSJ report goes into more detail and says that Forstall recently sent the iOS software team a letter suggesting they weren’t focused enough on the “big ideas” leading to more tension between Forstall and other Apple execs. The combination of all of these things along with a rocky history between Forstall and other high-ranking Apple execs all came together with the news that Forstall is on his way out.
Here’s my take on this whole thing, I’m not really disappointed nor worried about Forstall’s departure. If anything, I’m excited at the prospect that Jony Ive is now in charge of Apple’s “Human Interface” responsibilities. Ive may not be a software designer, but he knows great design and while almost all of us can agree that as great as iOS is, it needs a bit of a revamp. Ive may be exactly the right person to get the ball rolling and come WWDC next year and iOS 7, we could see a much improved iOS. In all honesty, if you don’t like skeuomorphisism, and want Apple to get rid of the leather calendar, Jony Ive may be just the man for the job.
What do you think? Are you happy with Jony Ive, the man responsible for the last 10 years of Apple hardware innovation at the helm of iOS design?