Anybody? Forstall’s recent “failings” not withstanding, it was under his supervision that iOS became what it is, for better or worse.
There’s a lot going around that he refused to sign the apology for Maps that was posted by Apple; he believed it was being blown out of proportion and didn’t merit all the attention it was getting. Does anybody else think Tim Cook had to nearly drag Jobs on stage for the Antennagate press conference? Anybody not think that Jobs believed it was a non-issue that was being blown out of proportion? And a significant chunk of the Mac geeks out there, myself included, long since concluded that it really wasn’t that big of a deal anyway and would work itself out as glitches are reported and the backend improved.
Forstall has a rather large pile of Apple stock that is now worth a rather large pile of money, in addition to what is undoubtedly already a decent size personal wealth.
He also carries a Jobs-ian reputation, and despite his taste for skeuomorphics, he would undoubtedly be able to find like minded investors and employees for any NeXT-ian adventure he wished to undertake after his departure.
I’m not saying Scott Forstall is some kind of reincarnation of Jobs, nor that I particularly like his reputation or personality, but much like Tony Fadell, I will be paying attention whenever I hear talk about his involvement in something.