Apple iOS chief, retail head ousted

Apple iOS chief, retail head ousted Zeebiz Bureau

San Francisco: In a major management shake-up, iOS Chief Scott Forstall and Retail chief John Browett have been pushed out of Apple.

Forstall will leave the company next year, as per an official company statement.

He was reportedly asked to leave over his recent refusal to take responsibility for the mishandling of the Apple's much-criticized mapping software.

A news wire quoting sources said Forstall refused to sign a public apology after Apple's mapping product, which displaced the popular Google Maps on the iPhone and the iPad in September, contained embarrassing errors and drew fierce criticism.

Instead, Cook signed the letter last month.

Browett’s efforts to improve profits at the stores had alienated employees and sources close to Apple said Cook had concluded he was simply the wrong person for the job.

With Agency Inputs