Apple has announced that its senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall is leaving the company.
Forstall will serve as an advisor to Apple chief executive Tim Cook until the end of the year and will be leaving the firm completely in early 2013. Along with Forstall's departure comes the outing of Apple's recently installed senior vice president of retail John Browett.
"We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple's history," said Cook.
"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."
Forstall's departure will see executives Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi taking on added responsibility at Apple.
Jony Ive will now be tasked with overseeing operations of the human interface (HI) division for Apple. Eddy Cue will handle the Siri and Maps divisions at Apple.
Craig Federighi will be overseeing iOS and OS X decisions going forward. While Bob Mansfield will be responsible of a new division at Apple called "technologies". The new technologies division will combine Apple's wireless teams into one department.
Forstall's departure comes following recent criticisms over his handling of Apple's mapping software. The former head of iOS reportedly was the architect behind Apple's disappointing iOS Maps.
Forstall came to Apple from NeXT where he worked with Steve Jobs. He was credited as one of the prime forces behind the development of Mac OS X.
Following Steve Jobs' death many analysts wondered who would take his place as product guru at Apple. Some pointed to Forstall as one of the men most likely to take the baton from Jobs.
Browett took the position of senior vice president of retail at Apple in January, after a stay as head of electronics for Dixon Retail. Apple will now begin searching for his replacement.
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