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Scott Forstall  (Source: tekgadg.com)
Rather, many Apple employees have welcomed the promotions given to Ive, Cue, Mansfield and Federighi

Apple's recent split with Scott Forstall seems to be a welcomed move by many who've worked with him at the Cupertino tech giant. 
 
Apple announced yesterday that Forstall, the vice president of iOS software, would be leaving the company next year after working there for 15 years. Apple didn't go into much detail other than that, but new reports are shedding light on the situation.
 
According to Giga OM, Forstall's departure was "fairly last minute" and "not something he initiated." Many iOS and OS X teams as well as engineers were surprised by the news and found out only minutes after it was announced.
 
However, Forstall didn't seem to make many friends during his time with Apple. Giga OM mentioned that Forstall's exit was "met with a sense of quiet jubilation, especially among people who worked in the engineering groups." Forstall didn't get along with Apple executives either, such as industrial designer Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, or Senior Vice President of Mac and Devices Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield. 
 
Forstall was deeply criticized for the execution of Apple's latest maps app, which is the company's first in-house maps service application on iOS. It was released in September along with iOS 6, and mocked for its geography and navigation issues.
 
Reports have noted that Apple's time schedule for the maps launch was what led to the problems, insinuating that a quick launch was more important than a finished product. 
 
The New York Times reported that Forstall was asked to submit an apology letter for the Apple Maps fiasco, but he refused to do so. 
 
Now, Apple is showing Forstall the door, and no one seems to be too upset about it. Rather, many Apple employees have welcomed the promotions given to Ive, Cue, Mansfield and Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering.
 
Ive will take over Human Interface (HI) for the company while Cue will take on Siri, Maps, the iTunes Store, the App Store, iCloud and the iBookstore. Furthermore, Mansfield will lead a new group called "Technologies" for all of Apple's wireless teams while Federighi will take over iOS and OS X. 
 
In addition to Forstall, Apple fired its retail head John Browett as well. Browett, which only joined Apple in April of this year, was responsible for a faulty hiring formula that led to the reduction of part-time hours and several lay offs of retail employees. Some had only just finished their training. 

Source: Giga OM



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RE: Tim did well
By Florinator on 10/30/2012 5:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is bigger than most of Apple's competitors combined.


Dude, what the hell are you smoking??? Let's compare Apple's revenue with their main competitor, Samsung (my source is Wikipedia):

Apple revenue 2012: $156.508 billion
Samsung revenue 2012: $247.5 billion

Jeezus, you fail at basic math, let alone more complex skills...


RE: Tim did well
By Florinator on 10/30/2012 5:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad I can't edit my post, Samsung's revenue is for 2011.


RE: Tim did well
By poopies on 10/30/2012 6:23:18 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung Group's 2011 revenue would be $247.5 billion. I would say Apple's competitor is the Samsung Electronics (a subsidiary of Samsung Group) which had a 2011 revenue of $148.944 billion. Samsung Electronics still has a ton more products out there than Apple though, like TV's and cameras and shit. Also, Apple in 2011 made $108.6 billion. I didn't see 2012 Samsung numbers.

But Apple's revenue trajectory is still looking very nice:
http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/aapl/fi...


RE: Tim did well
By mindless1 on 10/30/2012 6:23:28 PM , Rating: 2
You can't really compare the two on these numbers alone since Samsung has a more widely diversified line of products both inside and outside computing and phones.

Apple could quickly rise and fall in profit margin but Samsung is a pretty stable competitor.


RE: Tim did well
By Tony Swash on 10/30/12, Rating: 0
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton














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