Apple Ousts iOS Chief Scot Forstall Over Personality Clashes, Refusing to Sign iOS Maps Apology Letter
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Apple has reportedly ousted iOS chief Scott Forstall for refusing to sign the apology letter released after the iOS Maps mess. The announcement of his departure came as a shock to not only the public, but even to several Apple insiders, who were informed of Forstall’s departure mere minutes prior to the official press release.

The refusing to sign the apology letter is clearly not the sole reason for Forstall’s departure, but merely the final nail in the coffin. Forstall has allegedly had a history of issues working with Apple employees, with some going so far as to call him abrasive. It is widely reporte that late Apple founder Steve Jobs was able to manage Forstall’s personality, but the absence of Jobs following his death has only proven to highlight Forstall’s demeanor.


Some sources close to the situation have said that Apple employees, especially Apple engineers, were secretly overjoyed, even going out for drinks on the day he left, to celebrate. Designer Jony Ive is said to be taking over Forstall’s spot, and Apple employees are said to be even more celebratory about this news.

With Forstall’s loathsome personality remaining unchecked, and his biggest advocate, Steve Jobs, gone, it seemed only a matter of time before a reason good enough to oust him would present itself. After it was apparent that Apple’s new mapping system was a disaster, an apology letter was quickly written. However, reports surfaced that Forstall felt an apology was unnecessary, and the problems were not nearly detrimental enough to warrant either the criticism they received, or a formal apology.

While this move may be cause for celebration among Apple employees, others are unsure about what this means for the future of Apple, as evidenced by Apple’s steep stock decline after the announcement. But given Apple’s rabid fan-base, we’re certain that Apple’s future is just fine.

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