In my years at Apple, the Caffe Macs chatter about Forstall was that he was the only legit successor to Jobs because he displayed a variety of Jobsian characteristics.
Comparing anyone to Steve Jobs is a tall order but Lopp does a good job in his most recent piece about innovation being a product of disruption and contention.
If Lopp is right, and Apple’s slow (we’re talking a decade here) decline begins with the departure of Forstall would Apple ever consider bringing him back if Apple needs help? Remember what happened to Jobs? He was fired. Then his company acquired by Apple. Then he became the CEO with the best “second act” in the history of business.
I dare Forstall to start a company named anotherStep.
/via John Gruber.
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple Maps:
The ridicule that Apple has suffered following the introduction of the Maps application in iOS 6 is largely self-inflicted. The demo was flawless, 2D and 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, spectacular flyovers…but not a word from the stage about the app’s limitations, no self-deprecating wink, no admission that iOS Maps is an infant that needs to learn to crawl before walking, running, and ultimately lapping the frontrunner, Google Maps.
I never thought of this. It would have been nice to see or hear exactly that. Forstall might be wishing he could do the presentation again and throw in a sentence or two about how Apple’s Maps will get better over time.
/via The Beard.
Every since Steve Jobs started letting Scott Forstall, and others, help him out with Keynote presentations during Macworld, WWDC, and other presentations made by Apple to the media – I have wanted Steve to remove Scott from the line up.
Yes Scott’s presentation at WWDC of the underlying core of Mobile OS X with regards to the iPhone SDK was pretty impressive. Yes he’s obviously pretty “anal … about interface design” as Steven Sande of The Unofficial Apple Weblog recently wrote. But I still don’t think that makes him CEO material.
I don’t have any recommendations for who should be the next CEO of Apple. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen anytime in the near future (say 5 or 10 years) but I’m guessing it will. When it does, I think no matter who fills in the shoes of Steve Jobs it will be someone we’ll all be disappointed with because no one can fill the shoes of someone like Jobs. But, I really, really do not hope it is Forstall.
Scott, if you are reading this, nothing against you. I think you do a great job and are probably worth your salary (otherwise you’d probably not be at Apple). But Steve has big shoes.