Breaking: iOS 6 chief Scott Forstall leaving Apple, announcement made on Android 4.2 & Windows Phone 8 launch day

October 29, 2012

We interrupt our extensive Nexus and Android 4.2 coverage to reveal one interesting, and unforeseen, predicament in the mobile business. Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iOS Software, the man responsible for iOS development inside Apple, will leave the company.

We have no idea whether he was fired or decided to leave the company on his own, but what’s clear that he’ll be out of iOS development starting with 2013:

Apple today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.

Isn’t iOS 6 good enough or is Forstall bored? Does Apple Maps have anything to do with his departure? What about Siri? No wonder he was a no show in Apple’s recent iPad mini event and promo video.

For some reason, Apple decided to announce these leadership changes today, which happens to be a very important day for its main competitors, Google and Microsoft, each unveiling a new OS version, Android 4.2 and Windows Phone 8, and accompanying devices.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see what Forstall’s departure will mean to iOS development. Is it good news for Android? Even more interesting will be his next destination, because we’re probably see companies in the mobile ecosystem flock to get his services in the coming year(s).

Meanwhile, Cue will handle Siri and Maps inside Apple, while Federeghi will lead both the iOS and OS X teams. Mansfield, who was thought to also leave Apple for good, will lead a Technologies group, encompassing all of Apple’s wireless teams.

And let’s close with a wild question, is it possible for Forstall to join Google’s Android crew at any point in the future?

Show Press Release

Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services

Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi Add Responsibilities to Their Roles

CUPERTINO, California—October 29, 2012—Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

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. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri® and Maps, placing all of our online services in one group. This organization has overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store®, the App Store℠, the iBookstore℠ and iCloud®. This group has an excellent track record of building and strengthening Apple’s online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.

Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X®. Apple has the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems, and this move brings together the OS teams to make it even easier to deliver the best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms.

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include the semiconductor teams, who have ambitious plans for the future.

Additionally, 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. Apple’s Retail organization has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level who will continue the excellent work that has been done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services for customers.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Comments

  • Stian French

    If he wants to design Android the way Apple has designed iOS, then forget it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexbin.zhao Alex Bin Zhao

      Agree

  • Evan Wickes

    This bad news for android. Apple may develop widgets & other 18th century features that they’ve missed out on for a few releases.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Ziplock9000 John Stock

      If that’s the case, static useless icons must be from the iron age.

    • NicholasMicallef

      I say let them, if they fail Android might finally get the attention it deserves. If they don’t Android will have to be improved at an even faster rate to compete. I’d rather see them finally change things up and not remain as boring.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nicandro.m Nicandro Filho

    I just hope that Apple don’t steal Matias Duarte from Google, to replace Forstall…

  • http://androidpitstop.co.nr/ Scyld

    oh Thanks God. 1 iCrap worker get enlightenment