Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of Apple’s iOS and User Interface division, will be leaving the company sometime in 2013. His replacement will be Jony Ive, who is already Senior Vice President of industrial design. Forstall apparently never got along well with the other execs, and he just happened to be the head of the botched Apple Maps project.
Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, will take on responsibility for Siri and Maps, two arenas which were also formerly in Forstall’s wheelhouse. Apple’s release cites the success of projects that Cue has overseen like the iTunes and App Stores as a reason for his group taking on those responsibilities.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Mac Software Engineering, will now lead both iOS and OS X development. Apple says that this will join those two operating system teams into one.
In an interesting move, SVP Bob Mansfield will lead a new Apple group called Technologies. Apple says that this will combine “all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include the semiconductor teams, who have ambitious plans for the future.”