Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting Apple Executive Scott Forstall, in charge of Apple’s iOS division, was asked to leave after refusing to sign his name to a letter apologising over Apple’s poorly received Maps app.
“The incident was the latest clash between Mr. Forstall, who oversaw Apple’s mobile software unit, and other executives at the company,” the report claims.
Apple has announced a restructure in it’s executive ranks, with the head of iOS Scott Forstall scheduled to leave in 2013 and retail chief John Browett to depart immediately.
According to an Apple press release issued this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook will assume Browett’s role until a replace is found, while “Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles”.
“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” Cook said. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”
The restructure sees Senior Vice President Software Engineering Craig Federighi take over Forstall’s position and run both iOS and OS X divisions, while Senior Vice President Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue adds Siri and Maps to his current responsibilities with the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBookstore and iCloud.
Additionally, Senior Vice President Industrial Design Jony Ive will “provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company” and Senior Vice President Technologies Bob Mansfield is heading the new “Technologies” group, a culmination of Apple’s wireless teams across the US.
Browett, who was hired earlier this year, created a stir when reports indicated Apple was instigating employee cutbacks at it’s retail stores. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet responded to the reports, claiming the changes were “a mistake… and are being reversed”.
Forstall has been under pressure after the release of Apple’s new mapping software in iOS 6 and alleged heated disagreements with other members of the executive team.