Before I begin I would like to state I hate the Mac calendar and address book, iOS podcast and Gamecenter apps as much as the next person. But there seems to be this trend of thought, that Scott Forstall was terrible at his job and Apple can only get better without him. People seem to be latching onto this hatred of skeuomorphism, this new buzz word that seems so easy to hate. Scott is a Software genius. From the amazing stuff he did with Mac OS in the early 00's, pioneering the Aqua User interface, Time Machine and making it 64bit, to turning it into iOS in 2007. People may forget the achievement that iOS was in 2007, I can't even imagine the arguments he won and decision making he would have been involved in while creating iPhone OS 1.0, such an amazing achievement. Then to continually improve it with things like, 'cut, copy, paste', multitasking, the App Store, folders etc. All BIG things, but done in such a way that isn't confusing to the end user. Sure he may not have been the sole inventor of these things, but he was the boss and gave the thumbs up or down. I understand a lot of people on this forum, geeks like myself, have become frustrated at the speed, or lack thereof, of change in iOS over the past couple of years, but he has had an almost impossible task of balancing new features while not breaking or confusing any of the fundamentals. So maybe new leadership is exactly what Apple needs with iOS, and Im sure change is coming, but I don't think we should underestimate how important the restraint Scott had was. By all accounts he was hard to work with, demanding and egotistical. There was another guy at Apple who sadly died last year who had a lot of the same characteristics. I don't doubt for a second Scott will continue working in the tech field, because Im sure he has some fantastic ideas to do with mobile software. And skeuomorphismhas has become such a bad word, but it shouldn't be. When it's well implemented it can be a brilliant addition to the feel and usability of software, it can even make mundane apps feel fun but lately Apple have over used it. In the summer at WWDC Scott showed off the new features of iOS 6, all of which got a luke warm response. The crowd did cheer for one feature in particular though, the paper shredder in Passbook.