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Scott Forstall - VP of mobile fired from Apple

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Microsoft is hiring.

I am willing to bet vital parts of my body that he is going to do one of two things:

1. Join Microsoft

2. Join Google

I am sure either one will be more than happy to hire him just to get his knowledge.

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I am willing to bet vital parts of my body that he is going to do one of two things:

1. Join Microsoft

2. Join Google

I am sure either one will be more than happy to hire him just to get his knowledge.

... And shoot themselves in the foot in the process.

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The guy responsible for the Apple maps? I hope he can find his way out the door!

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Scott Forstall: Why Is Apple Keeping Him As An Advisor?

Even though it?s obvious that Scott Forstall was canned by Tim Cook, he?s being kept on for a year as an advisor to the CEO.

This seems to make no sense, but here?s why:

It?s all about preventing Forstall from jumping ship. Noncompete agreements are not enforceable in California. They are in other states and jurisdictions, but not in Apple?s home state.

Obviously, an executive of Forstall?s stature would be snapped up in a second by a rivals like Google or Microsoft.

Details of Forstall?s departure deal with Apple won?t be made known until Apple files papers with the SEC, but his new role as an advisor to Tim Cook is a bull**** job to keep him out of the job market.

Apple did exactly the same thing with Tony Fadell, the former head of the iPod division. When Fadell left the company in 2006, Apple made him an advisor to Steve Jobs for a year. He was given a big salary and stock grant to keep him happy. Several years later, he emerged as the founder of Nest, a company that makes smart thermostats, and is completely unrelated to smartphones or media players.

Even though Forstall will be held as an advisor, Apple can?t handcuff him forever. Forstall is too talented to not become a major player in the tech industry after a break from Apple.

Source and more info here: http://www.cultofmac.com/198770/scott-forstall-why-is-apple-keeping-him-as-an-advisor/#2Wt1G35RGRFozGZQ.99

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I am willing to bet vital parts of my body that he is going to do one of two things:

1. Join Microsoft

2. Join Google

I am sure either one will be more than happy to hire him just to get his knowledge.

Yeah, but I don't see why Microsoft would snatch him up since they're going in an opposite direction with Metro/Modern/WIndows Live Tiles with USB Support 2013 Plus!

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Yeah, but I don't see why Microsoft would snatch him up since they're going in an opposite direction with Metro/Modern/WIndows Live Tiles with USB Support 2013 Plus!

Microsoft can benefit from his knowledge of iOS. Just think. The guy is ticked off at Apple. He will probably go join Microsoft just to **** Apple off and reveal the secrets of iOS to MS. Who knows. We'll see.

The man has to eat too so he is going to have to make a decision about his future.

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Tim Cook's Email To The Apple Team regarding the changes:

Source: http://9to5mac.com/2012/10/29/tim-cook-emails-employees-thanks-scott-forstall-says-bob-mansfield-to-stay-on-for-two-years/

Team,

We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple?s history. The amazing products that we?ve introduced in September and October ? iPhone 5, iOS6, 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.

Today, I am announcing changes that will encourage even more collaboration between our world-class hardware, software and services teams at all levels of our company. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi will be taking on more responsibilities. I am also announcing that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to me during the interim. I want to thank Scott for all of his many contributions to Apple over his career.

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his longtime role as the leader of Industrial Design. Jony has an incredible design aesthetic and has been the driving force behind the look and feel of our products for more than a decade. The face of many of our products is our software and the extension of Jony?s skills into this area will widen the gap between Apple and our competition.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri and Maps. This places all of our online services in one group. Eddy and his organization have overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBookstore and iCloud. They have an excellent track record of building and strengthening our online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.

Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X. We have the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems on the planet, and bringing together our OS teams will make it even easier to deliver our best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms. Craig recently led the very successful release of Mountain Lion.

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of our wireless teams across the company in one organization, allowing us to innovate in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include all of our semiconductor teams, who have some very ambitious plans. As part of this, I am thrilled to tell you that Bob will remain with Apple for an additional two years. Bob has led some of our most challenging engineering projects for many years.

Additionally, John Browett is leaving Apple. Our search for a new head of Retail is already underway. In the meantime, the Retail team will report directly to me. Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they?ve done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none. This phenomenal team of talented and dedicated people works their hearts out making our customers happy. They have our respect, our admiration and our undying support.

Please join me in congratulating everyone on their new roles.

I?d like to thank everyone for working so hard so that Apple can continue to make the world?s best products and delight our customers. I continue to believe that Apple has the most talented and most innovative people on the planet, and I feel privileged and inspired to be able to work with all of you.

Best,

Tim

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he got so much money it does not matter.

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Microsoft can benefit from his knowledge of iOS. Just think. The guy is ticked off at Apple. He will probably go join Microsoft just to **** Apple off and reveal the secrets of iOS to MS. Who knows. We'll see.

The man has to eat too so he is going to have to make a decision about his future.

True, but while he remains an adviser, he can't do anything but sit and stew.

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Good move. I can't wait to see what Jony does as lead of HI.

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True, but while he remains an adviser, he can't do anything but sit and stew.

They're gonna play him like a doll. Keep him around for a year like the did the other guys a few years ago and then he's out the door. They just don't want him to go work for someone else, but eventually is going to happen. My guess is he will go to Google.

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Apparently there is more to this than people think. Scott Forstall was not happy about Steve Jobs choosing Tim Cook over him to lead Apple, especially since they were very close and that seemed to have ticked him off so bad that he began to challenge Cook in many ways and becoming very difficult. After all, he has been at Apple longer than Cook so he feels he deserved the CEO crown and not Cook.

More on this story here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411549,00.asp

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