Steve Jobs's 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' Is Out at Apple

The talented, polarizing executive has been let go in a reorganization
Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iPhone iOS Software at Apple, speaks during an event in San Francisco Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Apple on Monday has announced the departure of Scott Forstall, senior vice president of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS. The departure was abrupt, if  not entirely unexpected. Forstall was a longtime and talented member of Apple’s executive team, but as Bloomberg Businessweek reported in a cover story last year, he was a polarizing figure within the company. He was not without internal rivals and enemies: As we said in our 2011 article, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, and Bob Mansfield, the company’s head of technology, would rarely take meetings with him unless Apple’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, was also present.

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