Apple Kept Top Hardware Exec By Losing Head of iOS
Mansfield, Apple‘s longtime hardware engineering chief who planned to retire earlier this year, apparently has decided to stay on at the company for another two years in part because of the news that Forstall is leaving, according to John Paczkowski at AllThingsD.
“It wasn’t a him-or-me situation,” one anonymous Apple insider told Paczkowski. “But, put it this way, I think Bob was much more willing to commit to two more years once he knew Scott was on his way out.”
Apple announced that Mansfield would retire back in June and that he would be replaced by Dan Riccio, Apple’s then VP of iPad hardware and engineering. Two months later, Apple announced that Mansfield would stay on for an indefinite amount of time as an advisor to Tim Cook for future products, a move that some said was intended to help ease the transition to Riccio.
However, as part of the announcement about Forstall’s departure, Apple revealed that Mansfield would stay on for at least another two years and take on additional responsibilities. His new title at the company is senior VP of technologies, overseeing all of Apple’s wireless and semiconductor teams.
Pacykowski reports that Mansfield initially agreed to stay on in an advisory role after CEO #Tim Cook offered him a very generous pay package, but even that wasn’t enough to get him to commit long term. Apparently Forstall had to leave for that to happen.
For all the success that Forstall has had in developing Apple’s mobile operating system, employees like Mansfield and Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive apparently consider him difficult to work with, according to several reports over the past few months. After Apple’s maps fiasco, Forstall reportedly refused to sign an apology letter with Cook, which some say was the final straw.
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