updated 07:52 pm EST, Mon December 9, 2013
Said to be more involved philanthropically as well
Former iOS chief Scott Forstall has been spending the past year mostly travelling and advising new startup companies, according to a report from the new subscription news website The Information. He has reportedly also become more active in philanthropy, donating to causes that support education and human rights as well as the fight against poverty. Forstall has kept an uncharacteristically low profile since being dismissed from Apple by CEO Tim Cook a year ago.
According to the report, which is vague on specifics, Forstall has kept relationships open with venture capital firms any may be planning to start his own company at some point -- or at least, that is what unnamed Apple employees who worked with Forstall think will happen. He reportedly has spent a lot of time travelling, including visits to Italy and South Africa (possibly in conjunction with his charitable interests).
Forstall was let go in an executive reorganization that also saw the departure of failed retail chief John Browett. Forstall, as iOS software chief, was said to often clash with others on the executive team, particularly designer Sir Jonathan Ive. Ironically, Ive took over responsibility for the Human Interface UI design of software for both the OS X and iOS platforms -- an area where Forstall's stamp had loomed large in iOS, introducing extensive use of skeuomorphism (the concept of making software look like real-world objects, hints of which are still present even in iOS 7).
OS X software chief Craig Federighi took over Forstall's iOS duties, becoming responsible for both platforms' software in coordination with Ive's design function. The two are said to get along very well and have helped achieve Cook's vision of better collaboration and communication across the various areas of responsibility, having hardware and software on both platforms more tightly integrated and with each area taking ideas from the others. Forstall, who was fired in part over the original Apple Maps launch fiasco, was said to be unable to work well collaboratively and was an intimidating manager, according to some in his team.