Scott Forstall Deserved to be Ousted from Apple Says Former Apple Exec

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In an interview with BBC, Tony Fadell claims that former Apple senior vice president of iOS Scott Forstall "got what he deserved," when he was forced to leave Apple.

    Fadell is widely known as the godfather of the iPod, and he formerly served as the senior vice president of the iPod division and as a special advisor to Steve Jobs.

    After Fadell left Apple in 2008, there were rumors that Forstall and Fadell butted heads on more than one occasion. A 2011 profile of Forstall suggested that he was difficult to work with and had fought with Fadell over the operating system for the iPhone, which eventually led to Fadell's departure from the company.

    The interviewer asked about Forstall's personality and personal problems that Fadell had with Forstall, but Fadell declined to comment further and simply reiterated his previous statement.
    When asked about Apple, Fadell said that he thought the company was in a "great place" but mentioned that there had been cheering in Cupertino when Forstall was ousted.

    Currently, Tony Fadell is the CEO of Nest, the company that has created the popular Nest Learning Thermostat. Scott Forstall is serving as an advisor to Tim Cook and will be leaving Apple in 2013.

    Article Link: Scott Forstall Deserved to be Ousted from Apple Says Former Apple Exec
  2. Negritude macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    " what he deserved..."

    If only every day could be "tell the truth" day.
  3. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    The question is, can the guys who took over for Forstall do better?
  4. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  5. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    Hmm ... I thought, Forstall will be the next Steve Jobs.
    Anyway, he would be still better than this idiot Coock ...
  6. Macist macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2009
    The thing is if you want to position yourself as number one innovator you can't have institutionalised dinosaurs acting as a obstruction to new talent and fresh thinking.

    It was clear that despite numerous acquisitions of interesting technology companies and their teams over the past few years, iOS seemed strangely moribund in terms of major innovations. Something was a spanner in the works Turned out it was likely Forstall.
  7. WatchTheThrone macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Reminds me of when Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple then came back....hhhhmmmm maybe he will be apples savior in the future :)
  8. osaga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    I wish someone would just tell us what the jackass (Forstall) did to deserve what he got. Can't macrumors email some former underlings and get a scoop?
  9. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
  10. Bevz macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    He's probably a bit biased tho considering he didn't get on with forstall, and I seem to remember it was iOS these guys fell out over... Forstall was the one arguing for an OSX core to iOS which turned out to be a fantastic move! Forstall may have been a horrible person but a lot of people said the same thing about Steve! He clearly had good instincts when it came to iOS! I shall be reserving judgement until I hear more about why he went... I fear they may just be picking off the big personalities and loosing talent... But likewise may be a great move... Dunno... Time will tell.
  11. Switchback666 macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2012
    These, seems history all over again; i dont blame the guy probably he was forced in a lot of things.
  12. osaga, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

    osaga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
  13. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    NEWSFLASH - bloke who was elbowed out the door thinks it's a good thing that the main elbower has now been elbowed too.
  14. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    Not a very big surprise that they cheered. I liked him in the keynotes but that was all.
  15. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    I wonder who's idea it was to lock iDevices with iTunes? That guy needs to be fired.
  16. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    Yes, you are right. I fully agree.
  17. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    It probably doesn't help that Steve Jobs pitted them against each other.
  18. Merlin9 macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2011
    But you seemed to like the product(s) for which he was responsible...
    As a customer I don't care who built the products I buy as long as the products are well made...
  19. Dominicanyor macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2012
  20. Lefteous macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2007
    Well there were two teams at Apple for the iPhone OS. Scott headed the OSX team and Tony the embedded OS (iPod-like) team. As we all know Scott won and I think that was right. I don't think we would have an App Store as we know it.
  21. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    First the godfather of the iPod left Apple, then Apple fires the godfather of iOS. Such a smart move.
  22. ironsienna, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

    ironsienna macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    It's so easy to turn Forstall into a scapegoat. To all the ignorants that hurray the expel of him and give credit to Fadell, if Fadell was to take the responsibility of the iPhone software, today you would essentially be using a big iPod to do your calls. The operating system would lack expandability, with no APIs borrowed from MacOs, and with limited functionality.

    Forstall was the one that managed to port the MacOs into the iPhone turning it into a flexible mobile operating system. A HUGE task...

    I can understand that Forstall lately did a lot of mistakes and I am not trying to defend or oppose his leave... Things change, people change... But I get really annoyed when I see some people being so shallow to judge so easily his work and what he has provided to Apple.
  23. macnerd93 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Seems like a little deja vu going on here.

    He'll be back at Apple in about 12 years :)
  24. luqtotheman macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
  25. locust76 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
    Join the Army... it's high school with guns.

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