Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2017 22:46 UTC
Apple

The Computer History Museum organised an interview with Scott Forstall, led by John Markoff. Forstall led the iPhone operating system (now iOS) team for the iPhone and the iPad from their inception, and was a close friend and confidant of Steve Jobs. He was ousted by Tim Cook, supposedly because Forstall was a challenger to Cook's position and power inside the company. On top of that, much like Steve Jobs, Forstall supposedly wasn't the easiest person to get along with, and Cook wanted a more harmonious Apple.

Ever since his departure from Apple, Forstall has been silent. This interview is the first time he's opened up about his long, long tenure at first NeXT (where he was hired on the spot by Steve Jobs himself) and then Apple, and quite honestly, I didn't really know what to expect.

It turns out that if you close your eyes while listening to Forstall speak, it's almost like you're hearing Steve Jobs. The man is charming, well-spoken, has a thoughtful or funny reply to every question, sprinkles it with a touching or heartwarming story or anecdote - all the while showing a deep understanding of what made Apple's products great without having to resort to technical details or PR-approved talking points.

As the interview ended and I pondered the whole thing, it just became so very clear why Cook would want to get rid of Forstall as quickly as he could. Can you imagine a boring bean counter like Cook sharing the stage with a man who so closely resembles and feels like Steve Jobs?

It might very well be the case that a Jobs-like figure like Forstall would not have yielded the kinds of immense financial success Apple has enjoyed under Cook, but I can't help but shake the feeling that an Apple with Forstall at the helm - or even just an Apple with Forstall, period - would be a more exciting, a more innovative, a more boundary-pushing Apple. We'll most likely never know.

Then again... It wouldn't be the first time someone gets ousted from Apple, only to return when the time is right.

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RE: Umm?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 24th Jun 2017 17:24 UTC in reply to "Umm?"
Thom_Holwerda
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No one ( except Thom, apparently ) has ever suggested that Tim Cook is ever unfair to employees or does things for his own gain. He is demanding, sure, but is never an unfair or insecure leader.


The Maps apology story is unconfirmed and has no basis in any facts - nobody has ever said that was the reason for his dismissal.

Read the Wikipedia paragraph on his dismissal - I linked to it, and it directly contradicts what you say, while confirming what I said (he was fired because like Jobs, he was a disagreeable person), which I have further confirmed from other sources as well.

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