In a move spearheaded by the restructuring of its executive lineup, Apple has announced that its iOS software chief, Scott Forstall, will be departing the company in 2013. Adding to that, John Browett, the head of Apple's retail unit, has left the firm with immediate effect; Apple said it's currently looking for a replacement. Lead designer Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will remain with the firm with expanded roles.
As for Forstall, Apple confirmed that he'll be replaced by Craig Federighi, who will manage both the iOS and OS X divisions. Elsewhere, Jony Ive will take on "leadership and direction for Human Interface across the company", as well as continuing his role as the lead designer. Eddy Cue will now oversee Siri and Maps as part of a new "online services" sector, which includes iTunes, iCloud and Apple's digital stores.
Bob Mansfield will take up a leadership role, with Apple's former hardware chief due to lead a "Technologies" group within the company that constitutes of wireless and semiconductor divisions.
"We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple's history," Apple CEO Tim Cook said. "The amazing products that we've introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services."