updated 06:09 am EDT, Tue October 30, 2012
Former Apple head of iOS sacked over refusal to accept Maps blame
According to unnamed sources, it is possible that the reason Apple's former head of mobile software, Scott Forstall, was forced to resign is because he refused to sign the Maps app apology, reports CNN. Instead, the rare public apology from Apple was undersigned by its Apple CEO Tim Cook. Two of Apple's most public missteps in recent times came under Forstall's leadership of the mobile OS division after touted iOS features including Siri and Maps both failed to live up to early expectations.
Further, Forstall is rumored to have been disliked by many of the senior executive team at Apple. Not only did Forstall have a reputation for sidestepping the blame when things went wrong, he also was said to be abrasive and difficult to work with. There were also differences of ideology, with Apple's chief designer Jony Ive said have a strong dislike for the skeumorphism that featured in certain iOS apps including Calendar and Notes. Ive is also thought to have avoided attending any company meetings whenever Forstall was also present.
With Ive taking on the additional responsibility for Human Interface design across Apple's mobile and desktop software, it is likely that there will be changes in the overall look and feel of the respective operating systems. Officially Forstall stays on with Apple as an 'advisor' to CEO Tim Cook until some time next year, although this is likely by mutual agreement -- possibly to allow some shares owed to Forstall to vest, or as part of a move to keep him from jumping to a rival company in the short term.