Apple will be saying goodbye to two of its executives, head of Retail John Browett and senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall.
The official press release from Apple says that the management changes are in order to “encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams” in addition to confirming that John Browett will be leaving the company. No official reasons were given for his leaving the company but reports claim that he is being replaced because he is a poor fit for his current role in the company thanks to the recent decisions to cut staff hours at Apple stores and a failure to grow the company’s Chinese retail operations.
Apple’s release also confirms that Forstall is on his way out, but will be staying on in an advisory capacity to Tim Cook until he leaves next year. No reasons are given for this but some reports, citing unnamed sources “familiar with Apple’s inner workings”, are saying that Forstall’s departure is due in part to his not signing a public apology for Apple’s recent Maps disaster. Apple CEO Tim Cook later signed the company’s admission of error.
Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi have all been given additional responsibilities across Apple’s Human Interface, Maps and Siri, iOS and OSX and Technologies divisions respectively.