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Scott Forstall & John Browett leave Apple in major shake-up

Scott Forstall and John Browett are leaving Apple in major reshuffle of the Executive Team

Scott Forstall and John Browett are leaving Apple

Apple issued a press release earlier today announcing a major restructuring of their executive team. The biggest news was the immediate departure of retail chief John Browett, and the planned departure of Scott Forstall in 2013, with Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi taking on more responsibility as a result.

However, some sites are reporting that Forstall is not leaving of his own choice.

Forstall headed up the iOS team responsible for the new Maps app in iOS 6, which has been highly controversial and unpopular with many users who miss Google’s mapping option. He joined Apple in 1997 when the company acquired NeXT, Steve Jobs’ startup business. When Jobs returned to head up Apple once again, Forstall joined him and the two worked closely together until the CEO’s death last year.

Apple has now updated its Leadership page to show the new positions of its executives. Craig Federighi will now lead both the OS X and iOS teams, with Jony Ive heading up the Human Interface teams in addition to his currently position as Head of Industrial Design. The retail team, who until now reported to Browett, will report to Tim Cook on an interim basis. These are big changes at the head of Apple, and it will be interesting to see how things change in the coming years.