The departure of smartphone and slate software sage Scott Forstall from Apple prompted an outbreak of joy among staffers, it has been claimed, in a further sign of underlying executive-level tensions at the Cupertino-based tech giant.
According to sources cited by GigaOm, yesterday’s announcement that Forstall is leaving the company next year was greeted with a sense of “quiet jubilation” at Apple’s Infinite Loop nerve centre.
Nowhere more so than among the engineering rank and file, it seems, with some employees even heading out for “celebratory drinks” to mark the occasion.
As well as the much publicised shortcomings of the Apple Maps mapping software that Forstall oversaw, his move is thought to be related to a failure to see eye-to-eye with Apple’s star hardware designer and bullet-headed Brit Jonathan Ive.
In turn, Ive’s remit is now expected to be extended to take in software and the leadership of a new 'human interface' group. All of which means we can surely kiss goodbye to the cutesy, skeuomorphic touches (think: the notes app that looks like a trad notepad) that Forstall favoured but which the function-focussed Ive seems to find emetic in the extreme.
Forstall, who joined Apple back in 1997, had been many tech watchers’ nomination for a future CEO.