In an interview with the BBC, Tony Fadell – former Apple chief, and known as the brains behind the iPod – shed some light on many things Apple including the recent termination of Scott Forstall’s relationship with Cupertino. Fadell left Apple a couple of years back to work on the stunning Nest thermostat, but he was far from surprised that Scott Forstall was ousted. Despite several attempts by the reporter to dig deeper in to the personal clashes between Fadell and Forstall, Tony very professionally gave the same answer each time he was asked.
He stated (re: the firing):
“I think what happened just a few weeks back was deserved and justified and it happened.”
This then lead to questions regarding Apple’s future. Was it in doubt? Should fans and consumers be worried?
“If you read some of the reports, people were cheering in Cupertino when that event happened,” he answers, referring to Apple headquarters in California.
“So, I think Apple is in a great space, it has great products and there are amazing people at the company, and those people actually have a chance to have a firm footing now and continue the legacy Steve [Jobs] left.”
The interview goes on to cover all sorts of other angles of Apple including working for Steve Jobs, Wall Street’s reaction to Forstall’s situation and the management shakeup that’s still ongoing. He also – obviously – covers Nest, and how difficult it is to get truly great products on to the market.
Full interview below (in Flash), or read the full report: