News by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 29, 2012.
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Apple has just announced that it will alter its management structure in order to "encourage even more collaboration" between the leading executives of its hardware, software, and services departments. The company has also revealed that Scott Forstall, who has served as senior vice president of iOS Software, will not be a part of that restructuring effort and will leave Apple next year.
Forstall has been an integral part of Apple for several years, appearing in iPhone product videos and on stage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference events to debut new iOS products. After six years as one of the leading executives working on OS X or iOS, he will leave his post at Apple at an undisclosed date in 2013. Apple says that Forstall will remain as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook until Forstall leaves the company next year.
Apple says that the shift comes at a time when the company is in one of its most prolific periods of innovation. In attempt to increase collaboration between departments to further innovation, the following management changes will be made:
- Jony Ive, who currently manages industrial design, will lead Human Interface across Apple.
- Eddy Cue will take over Siri and Maps in order to put all Apple online services - including iTunes, the App Store, iBookstore, and iCloud - in one group.
- Craig Federighi will take over Forstall's duties as the head of iOS in addition to leading OS X. This will more closely align Apple's mobile and desktop strategies.
- Bob Mansfield will form a new Technologies group that will encompass Apple's semiconductor business and all other wireless teams.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.