The executive fallout at Apple continued last week with the resignation of Ike Nassi, senior VP of the company's AppleSoft division.
Nassi had been in charge of Apple's operating system for the past two years but insisted his departure was "absolutely not" an indication of any problems at the division. The company has been the subject of intense speculation that it will replace the MacOS with an operating system from US developer Be Inc.
A spokesman for Apple said Nassi was leaving to pursue opportunities outside the company. Nassi added: "I've given Apple my best ideas on the operating system and system software. It is up to the current management team going forward to decide what they want to do with those ideas."
Nassi also spoke frankly about problems in delivering MacOS technology.
"Apple has to modernise the OS and retain compatibility, and everyone agrees with that. The way we chose to do that was more difficult than we expected. The biggest problem with Copland (MacOS 8.0) is that we should have started it several years earlier. We really started putting it together two years ago, and some of the goals we set forth at the start of the project we were not achieving."
Nassi's duties will be assumed by Ellen Hancock, the company's chief technology officer. Apple insisted the departure will not upset its plans to release the next upgrade to the MacOS, codenamed Harmony, which is due for release next January. It also said a major software strategy announcement will take place early next year as planned.
Apple's senior executive fallout began this summer with the resignation of four managers within one week. Steven Capps, a veteran Apple programmer, James Buckley, senior VP of Apple Americas, Mike Newton, VP and general manager for Apple UK, Ireland and South Africa and Peter Crisp, an Apple board member, all left at the beginning of June.
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