Apple’s iOS Boss, Store Chief Stepping Down

Apple announced on Monday that Scott Forstall the head of iOS software will be leaving the company, along with Apple Store chief John Browett who just joined Apple in January. Forstall will continue until the new year but Browett appears to be done immediately.

This announcement comes in the midst of the halting of trading on the New York Stock Exchange as they are preparing for Hurricane Sandy. There couldn’t have been a better time for any publicly traded company to announce the shift in major executives.

Forstall (pictured above) has had his fair share of software stumbles. He is rumored to be blamed for the new Apple Maps – where the customer experience wasn’t quite what Apple desired and required a public apology from CEO Tim Cook. Tim Cook said that 100 million people were already using the maps, and that the more who used it, the better the service would get. In the meantime, while Apple fixes its maps, he suggested that customers “try alternatives available for download in the App Store or on the Web — including Google’s.”

These management changes are big news for Apple, who has seen very little executive turnover since Steve Jobs returned to lead the company in 1997. Here is Apple’s announcement about today’s management shakeup:

CUPERTINO, California—October 29, 2012—Apple today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri® and Maps, placing all of our online services in one group. This organization has overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store®, the App Store℠, the iBookstore℠ and iCloud®. This group has an excellent track record of building and strengthening Apple’s online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.”

What do you think this means for the future of Apple?