• My worst fears are finally coming true. It is because of SCOTT FORSTALL that the Mac's UX is peerless (and not for lack of trying by competitors).
• It is because of SCOTT FORSTALL that iOS is OS X based. It is because of SCOTT FORSTALL that there is an App Store with 700,000+ Apps (Steve Jobs originally wanted only a handful of Apple-made apps à la
a P.I.M./Phone), creating an annual multi-billion dollar
revenue stream for Apple.
• It is SCOTT FORSTALL that led the creation of the [insert your own superlative] iOS SDK.
• If not for SCOTT FORSTALL, "App" would not be a word in America's common vernacular. (The ad campaign that put the word on the map: "Yeah, there's an App for that.")
• Apple customers and shareholders will rue this day, marking the end of Scott Forstall's removal from the Apple Inc. ecosystem.
• Politics drove this decision. To get things done, you have to ruffle a few feathers, and Scott indeed did his share of that. What if Steve Jobs had not?
• The "bean counters" are in charge at Apple now, and it will show — glaringly. Kill innovation, focus on numbers. Apple Inc. is a Balance Sheet.
• Cook: "I want to thank Scott for all of his many contributions to Apple over his career." The understatement of the century.
• When Scott leaves Apple, he will, of course, sign a non-compete clause and a promise not to use Apple IP at any other company. Those agreements are usually a joke. Scott is young, and whatever company gets him after Apple will be hugely fortunate, and Apple's dominant position (it IS possible for fortunes to change — especially in the volatile tech market. Witness Palm, RIM Blackberry, Motorola, Nokia, Microsoft, HP, Dell, the IBM PC, and on...) is NOT a given, in perpetuity. No company is too big to fail (unless they are thrown bushels of T.A.R.P. dollars).
• Don't expect to see another new Apple Store that is a spectacle and an international tourist attraction. Those stores were all money foolishly wasted, of course. Time to crack down!
• Tim Cook will surely make sure "the trains run on time."
• I'm glad I sold all of my AAPL shares at $700.
• Now begins the slow torturous decline of Apple.Edited by AppleOmbudsman - 10/29/12 at 5:52pm