John Gruber on the ousting of Scott Forstall:
Forstall is not walking away; he was pushed. Potential factors that worked against Forstall: his design taste, engineering management, abrasive style, and the whole iOS 6 Maps thing. I also wonder how much Forstall was effectively protected by his close relationship with Steve Jobs — protection which, obviously, no longer exists.
Tim Cook isn’t above making mistakes — he’s the one who brought on John Browett — but I have a feeling that this was the right move for the company. And, Jony Ive will do a great job overseeing all product design, hardware and software.