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Scott Forstall on stage with the late Steve Jobs
Apple is on the lookout for a new senior vice president of Retail, and will divide Forstall's responsibilities among other Apple execs

Apple revealed today that two key company executives will be leaving in the near future: Scott Forstall and John Browett. 
Forstall, the vice president of iOS software, will be leaving Apple next year after working with the company for about 15 years. He recently headed the launch of Apple's new maps application, which turned out to be a nightmare. Apple ditched Google Maps as its main iOS maps app in favor of its own in-house maps service, but when it launched, there were huge issues with the geography and navigation
Despite the maps mess, Forstall's upcoming departure still comes as a shock. When former Apple CEO Steve Jobs died, Forstall was considered the most "Jobsian" Apple employee to take his place. He was a Jobs protégé, from the enthusiastic personality to the same wardrobe to the same exact model car. However, Tim Cook got the job. 

Scott Forstall
Browett, head of Apple retail, will be leaving Apple as well. This seems a little less surprising, considering Browett led a retail hiring formula earlier this year that ended up being a huge mistake. This new formula caused Apple to lay off several new retail hires (some that only recently finished their training) and significantly cut the hours of part-timers back in August. Needless to say, this didn't make employees very happy, and Apple was forced to admit that it messed up
Browett joined the Apple team in April 2012. He came from UK-based Dixons Retail electronics stores, where many would argue that he didn't do a very good job there either. 
Apple said it's on the lookout for a new senior vice president of Apple Retail. As for Forstall, the tech giant has decided to divide his responsibilities among other Apple execs instead of bringing in any newcomers. 

John Browett [Image Source: The Telegraph]
Jony Ive, Apple's head of Industrial Design, will take over Human Interface (HI) for the company while Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, will take on Siri, Maps, the iTunes Store, the App Store, iCloud and the iBookstore. Furthermore, Bob Mansfield (who was supposed to be retiring), Apple's senior vice president of Mac and Devices Hardware Engineering, will lead a new group called "Technologies" for all of Apple's wireless teams while Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will take over iOS and OS X. 
Of course, Apple had to insert how well it's doing to offset the mistakes its higher-ups made this year:
"We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple's history," said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. "The amazing products that we've introduced in September and October, iPhone 5iOS 6iPad 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." 

Source: Apple

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RE: Nice
By wickyman on 10/30/2012 2:30:44 AM , Rating: 1
Wow, really Reclaimer77? these people have been paid for the last 4 years or so to do a job. These are some of the finest designers, engineers, and craftsmen/women in their industry and are paid very well for their services. They are entitled to nothing more than to be paid for services rendered, YOU are the narcissist if you think otherwise.

The gift of the shuffles was an act of kindness, on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars the Jobs family have paid over the years for this project. And that is besides the point when often times companies have a policy that employees may not even accept gifts from clients, or none over a certain value. If that is the case, then their livelihood could be at stake over a simple tablet or smartphone.

Please stop with the entitlement BS because it is what leads to a weak and greedy society. You are paid to do your job and shouldnt have to be thanked, patted on the head, and given gifts every time you finish the job for which you are being paid.

And I don't suppose could you recall what Bill Gates gifted those who built his 200 ft yacht? What about Paul Allen? What about Google's own Larry Page? His 193 footer was designed by the exact same people, I wonder how many Android devices and Google stock options he handed out? Or is it only a problem because a member of the Jobs family was involved?

RE: Nice
By Touche on 10/30/2012 5:04:06 AM , Rating: 3
Really? Really?!?! You really just compared one of the world's greatest philantropists that gave billions to someone who gave out a couple of iPods?! You, sir, take the DBotY award!

RE: Nice
By retrospooty on 10/30/2012 9:19:27 AM , Rating: 3
low end ipods... Not even the mid range ones LOL.

RE: Nice
By Reclaimer77 on 10/30/2012 10:03:52 AM , Rating: 2
That's what I'm saying. I mean it's bad enough giving out Apple gear, that's just tasteless imo and not classy, but it's not even the good stuff!

I guess the CEO of Dunkin' Doughnuts gives out crullers to his yacht makers?? Maybe throw in some coffee if he's feeling REAL generous!

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