That account may partially explain what Apple meant in its announcement that the management changes "will encourage even more collaboration among the company's world-class hardware, software, and services teams."
Apple was mum as to whether Forstall was being forced out or if he had made the choice independently. (He sold off 95 percent of his Apple stock last May for a cool $38.7 million -- around the time the stock was dancing around the $600 mark.) Forstall will stay on the payroll as an adviser to Cook through next year. While Forstall plays the advisory role, a handful of other executives will share his current duties:
- Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will now lead both iOS and OS X development.
- Design guru Jony Ive will lead human interface design across the whole company while remaining head of industrial design
- Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services, will take responsibility for Apple's Maps and its Siri voice interface system.
- Bob Mansfield, the longtime manufacturing chief who announced his retirement in June but decided in August not to retire after all, will lead a new group called Technologies, charged with bringing together all of Apple's wireless teams as well as its semiconductor teams.
Browett's tenure at Apple, meanwhile, is over effective immediately. He held his position for a scant nine months, and his best-known decision was to institute a new, failed staffing formula at select Apple Stores, resulting in employees losing hours and stores ending up understaffed. Apple in August publically admitted the change was a mistake and reverted to its older system.
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