Scott Forstall, former Senior Vice President of iOS and one of the main creators of the iPhone and iPad, has finally spoken about Apple for the first time since leaving the company in the fall of 2012. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal primarily centered around his work on Broadway, Forstall briefly commented on Apple:
Asked about the split, Mr. Forstall said he was “so proud of the thousands of people I worked with [at Apple] and with whom I remain friends. I am delighted that they continue to turn out great and beloved products.”
Forstall’s admiration for Apple remains following a very public breakup between the executive and the company following problems with iOS 6 Maps application and the iPhone 5 launch. Since Forstall’s departure, Apple has publicly poked fun at skeuomorphic design, which was a cornerstone of Forstall’s iOS and OS X releases.
Apple design chief Jony Ive has taken over user interfaces and former OS X Vice President Craig Federighi replaced Forstall as Apple’s head of iOS Software Engineering. Without Forstall at the helm, Apple has released two major updates to both OS X and iOS, including end-to-end redesigns and hundreds of new features.
As has been previously reported, Forstall confirmed that he has served as an advisor to various technology companies, but he did not comment on the leaked emails indicating his work for picture-messaging startup Snapchat. Aside from Apple, Forstall discusses his appreciation of the Fun Home Broadway Play during the interview and how his understanding of the script pushed him to both invest and assist with the show.