Apple vice president, Scott Forstall and Apple's head of retail operations, John Browett were fired by the company Monday, in an effort to "make the company's divisions work more harmoniously together," said The New York Times' Bits.
Scott Forstall, who is known as one of Apple's key figures in the death of Steve Jobs, currently in charge of Apple's operation system, iOS, will advise CEO Tim Cook until his depart next year, according to CNN. In regard to Browett, Apple will be launching a search for a replacement. For now, Browett's work will be divvied up by other Apple employees.
Forstall was considered the best replacement for Apple's CEO position after Steve Jobs' death last year. After Cook was named CEO, Forstall was thought to be next in line. With his work behind the iPhone and iPad, Forstall had great experience operating the iOS systems, which attributes to 70 percent of the company's revenue.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook looks to the future in a statement published by CNN Monday, "We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple's history," Cook said. "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 from Apple came as a surprise to many employees, however, most were content with the decision. "This was better than the Giants winning the World Series," an anonymous employee said. "People are really excited." According to New York Times' Bits, Forstall and other Apple executives began to disagree after Forstall "insert[ed] himself into product development that went beyond his role at the company."
Browett's departure, however, did not come as a surprise. After Apple had to publicly apologize for Browett's plan to cut staff in Apple stores, it was obvious Browett didn't work well with the company. Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company, also claimed "he was never convinced that Mr. Browett was a good choice to join Apple."