Apple Shakeup: iOS Chief Forstall Out, Map App to Blame?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Apple surprised many in the tech community yesterday, announcing a leadership shakeup at some top levels.

The Cupertino-based company announced that Senior VP of iOS Scott Forstall would be departing his position. In the meantime, however, the company indicated he’d assist CEO Tim Cook as an advisor.

Forstall initially came to the company as a software developer for NeXT.

In addition to Forstall’s departure, the company’s senior VP of retail will also make an exit. Meanwhile, other top employees including lead designer Jonathan Ive are expected to serve larger roles.

Apple, in a press release, said the adjustments were made to “encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams.”

However, a report from indicated Forstall’s departure may have had to do with something not indicated by the iPhone maker. Forstall reportedly did not sign an apology crafted by the company over its controversial map app in iOS 6.

The service was widely criticized for a number of bugs including missing locations and distorted satellite imagery. CEO Tim Cook later apologized, saying, “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

Previous Apple map apps had relied on Google. However, with its new location service, the company had decided to work with TomTom, allowing Apple to integrate voice.

Apple is fresh off its release of new products including the iPad mini, a 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina and of course, the iPhone 5.