There's been a whole lot of discussion regarding Scott Forstall's unceremonious exit from Apple and now we know why, in part, Forstall was ousted seemingly so abruptly. According to the Wall Street Journal, and since confirmed by a few other sources, Forstall's departure stems from his refusal to sign off on Apple's apology letter regarding Maps in iOS 6. Forstall, the story goes, thought the whole saga was overblown (which in my opinion it was) and thought Apple didn't need to go so far as to issue an apology. Instead, you might remember that the only signatory on the apology letter was Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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Apple executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple's new mapping service, according to people familiar with the matter.
The incident was the latest clash between Mr. Forstall, who oversaw Apple's mobile software unit, and other executives at the company. It led to one of the most significant management shake-ups in Apple's recent history and its most sweeping changes under Chief Executive Tim Cook.
I'll have more on this in a subsequent post, but it's worth pointing out that this wasn't the first time Forstall has clashed with other Apple executives. A number of previous reports have intimated that Forstall and Jony Ive did not get along and that Forstall would also butt heads with Phil Schiller. It's also perhaps rather telling that when news of Forstall's departure made the rounds at Apple, some in Forstall'sgroup reacted with "quiet jubilation."
The story goes that tensions between Forstall and others within Apple only grew following the passing of Steve Jobs.
For years, senior executives had complained that he wasn't cooperative and showed off his close relationship with Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs...
The 43-year-old Mr. Forstall recently told people that there is no "decider" now that Mr. Jobs is gone, according to a person briefed on the conversation.
And of course compounding matters is that the last two great software initiatives in iOS - Siri and Maps - were both rolled out under the direction of Forstall and were received with their fair share of criticism.