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Ex-Apple VP Scott Forstall turns up on college ID ad

updated 07:16 pm EST, Wed January 15, 2014

City College of New York investigating stolen photo use

To put it in the words of one Twitter wag, "now we know what Scott Forstall has been doing post-Apple: taking classes at CCNY." The former Apple VP and head of iOS has had his image bizarrely turn up in an ad campaign for the City College of New York's student ID card, with Forstall's picture -- take straight from the Apple Leadership page -- used to represent fictional student "Jonathan A. Anderson." A representative of the institution said that the college is investigating.

Forstall, who is presently 45 years old, may be quite flattered to see his picture used as a student ID mug shot -- but hasn't commented and may not be aware of the misappropriation of his image. The image appears in various ads for City College's CityOneCard, used by students to get discounts at local businesses. Forstall was pushed out of Apple in 2012, apparently due to his inability to work well with some other members of the executive team alongside the flawed original release of Apple Maps.

Since then, he has kept a low profile. There have been reports of Forstall going on international trips and engaging in some charity work as well as providing advice for entrepreneurs, but otherwise little has been seen or heard of the man that once commanded the stage in a very Jobs-like fashion during his keynote presentations, and was once in charge of the best-selling products Apple makes. Forstall's duties were split between Operating Systems chief Craig Federighi (now handling both OS X and iOS engineering) and hardware (and now software) designer Sir Jonathan Ive.

There has been no explanation from the college regarding the use of the picture. A college spokesperson told MacNN there was "no comment" on the picture, but that the college is looking into the matter. Forstall's face appears on ads for the card on signs in businesses near the college as well as online, though the college now appears to have removed images of and references to the card off its own website.

by MacNN Staff



  1. darkelf

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  1. coffeetime

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    Someone forgot to replace that FPO image..... a Freshman student?

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