The former senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division, Tony Fadell, has suggested that the company’s iOS Chief Scott Forstall “got what he deserved” when axed from the company earlier this year.
Forstall, who was reportedly uncooperative and the cause of much tension in the Apple boardroom prior to his departure, was asked to leave the company recently after he reportedly refused to sign a public apology for the disappointing release of the iOS 6 introduced Apple Maps software. Forstall, who headed up Apple’s iOS sector, was one of the longest serving executives at the company.
Speaking on his former colleague, Fadell, a man widely credited as being the ‘father of the iPod’ having been brought in by Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs to help develop and launch the company’s first pocket friendly music player, has stated in a recent interview that Forstalls exit was both “deserved and justified.”
“Scott got what he deserved,” Fadell, now founder of intelligent thermostat company Nest told the BBC. “I think what happened just a few weeks back was deserved and justified and it happened.”
Despite being pressed, Fadell refused to expand on his comments and criticism of Forstall who it is suggested he had an ‘explosive’ relationship with prior to leaving Apple in 2008 due to ‘personal reasons’. He did however candidly suggest that Forstall’s ousting was welcomed by many at the company responsible for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
“If you read some of the reports, people were cheering in Cupertino when that event happened,” he said of Forstall’s exit. Following his exit, Scott Forstall is to remain an ‘adviser’ to current Apple CEO Tim Cook before being fully replaced in 2013 by Craig Federighi who is set to head up both the iOS and OS X programmes. Fadell’s comments come just days after another Apple executive, Richard Williamson, head of Apple Maps, was given the boot over the much-maligned launch of the Google Maps rival.
Suggesting that Apple will bounce back from the recent criticism and disappointing Maps introduction, Fadell has stated that he believes the company is in a strong position to build on its current billing as the world’s most valuable company.
“I think Apple is in a great space,” he said. “It has great products and there are amazing people at the company, and those people actually have a chance to have a firm footing now and continue the legacy Steve [Jobs] left.”
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