One of Apple’s most high profile employees, Scott Forstall, is to leave the company. Forstall is Senior Vice President of iOS Software, and is well known for his keynote and product video appearances.
The biggest question of course, is why is he leaving now, just as Apple is enjoying massive revenues from the iPhones and iPads powered by iOS?
The rumours appear to point to iOS 6, and more specifically Apple Maps. Although beta testers told the company that Maps wasn’t ready for release, Forstall decided to press ahead anyway. It’s hard to imagine Steve Jobs ever allowing it out of the door.
Although a revolutionary operating system back in 2007, iOS is starting to look a little stale when compared with the rich interface offered by Android 4.1, ‘Jelly Bean’. Hopefully a change of personnel will bring some fresh ideas to the table.
Just a day after the announcement of the iPhone 4S, Steve Jobs has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.
Apple’s homepage has been transformed into a tribute for Jobs, which links to a short dedication stating that “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being”.
Steve Jobs was the personification of Apple. Some are already speculating the ‘iPhone 4S’ stands for ‘For Steve’. While I’m sceptical of that, it’s sad to think the 4S will be the last product he ever saw in production.
In a short statement, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple as he feels he can no longer meet his ‘duties and expectations’ which the role requires.
His statement is reminiscent of the final post by Ivan Noble, a journalist whose online diary followed the ups and downs of treatment for a malignant brain tumour.
His named successor, Tim Cook, who has been in the role since January, and the designer Jonathan Ive, creator of many of the product’s in the successful post-iMac era, will ensure that Apple continues to flourish and that its ‘brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it’.
One thing will never be the same though. We may never hear him speak those famous words ‘just one more thing’ again.
I wish him all the best for his future health.