Does Scott Forstall's Departure Mark the Beginning of Apple's Downfall?

Does Scott Forstall's Departure Mark the Beginning of Apple's Downfall?

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Former Apple engineer, Michael Lopp, suggests that the departure of Scott Forstall from Apple could mark the beginning of its downfall.

Lopp notes that while he was at Apple, the Caffe Macs chatter about Forstall was that he was the only legit successor to Jobs because he had some of the same characteristics.

● He was an asshole, but…
● Success seemed to surround him, and…
● No one was quite sure about the secret recipe to achieve this success.

Lopp says he was surprised to hear about Forstall's departure because he was the closest thing to a Steve Jobs left at Apple.

While I’d continued to hear about the disdain amongst the executive ranks about Forstall after I left Apple, I was still shocked about his departure, because while he was in no way Steve Jobs, he was the best approximation of Steve Jobs that Apple had left. You came to expect a certain amount of disruption around him because that’s how business was done at Apple - it was well-managed internal warfare. Innovation is not born out out of a committee; innovation is a fight. It’s messy, people die, but when the battle is over, something unimaginably significant has been achieved.

The concern is that Apple needs disruptors like Forstall to keep its edge and without that edge the company could begin to fall.

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Does Scott Forstall's Departure Mark the Beginning of Apple's Downfall?
geethreeforce - November 13, 2012 at 6:48pm
Maybe the departure of Scott isn't a bad thing at all. It could lead to new and fresh innovative blood entering the top of the company from the Apple University. New and talented people will get a chance to reflect their vision on the future of Apple software.
Jan - November 13, 2012 at 6:05pm
Downfall of apple has begun cause of iPad mini!!!!
cookblows - November 13, 2012 at 4:49pm
No, Tim Cook's appointment as CEO was the beginning of Apple's downfall.
6italia0 - November 13, 2012 at 5:00pm
Tim Cook was a disaster altogether. He doesn't really even run the company, he's just there to fill empty space, but what I meant is that forestall has been a problem for a while, Tim cook is as well, but he is a new problem
6italia0 - November 13, 2012 at 4:33pm
Ome huge improvements to iOS if Ive's work is anything like his hardware designs #FUCKFORESTALL
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