updated 01:35 pm EDT, Fri November 2, 2012
Sources illustrate extent of conflict between executives
Apple's former head of iOS, Scott Forstall, was left out of iPhone design meetings held by lead designer Jonathan Ive, according to Bloomberg sources. Despite the importance of software to the iPhone platform, the previously-known conflict between Ive and Forstall is said to have been so deep that the two executives were rarely in the same room. The absence from Ive's design meetings allegedly reaches back to before the first-generation iPhone shipped.
A series of reports this week have painted a negative portrait of Forstall as someone who didn't get along with fellow Apple executives. His departure may have even paved the way for the return of Bob Mansfield, who until recently was set to retire. Taking over Forstall's duties are Ive, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi, each handling different aspects of iOS in addition to some separate duties. Federighi, for instance, is now in charge of both iOS and OS X.