More details about the surprise departure of Apple’s iOS chief Scott Forstall have surfaced, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that the exec was ousted after refusing to sign his name to Tim Cook’s infamous letter apologising for the company’s disastrous iOS 6 mapping app.
Forstall reportedly was in favour of responding to the public backlash without a formal apology, much like how the company handled the outcry over the iPhone 4’s ‘antenna-gate’ two years ago.
Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the newspaper reported that the disagreement was the latest in a long string of disagreements between Forstall and other Apple executives.
“Mr. Forstall's departure came after mounting tension with members of Apple's executive ranks. For years, senior executives had complained that he wasn't cooperative and showed off his close relationship with Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs,” the Journal alleged, adding that his relationship with senior executives intensified following Jobs’ death.
The New York Times confirmed the report, writing that Forstall’s personality “generated more friction within Apple after the death of Mr. Jobs, who had kept the dueling egos of his senior executives largely in check.”
The departure of Apple retail director John Browett, who joined the company just five months ago, was also an ouster, though it was reportedly the result of an unrelated matter.