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Apple fires iOS, retail chiefs
 
After a wave of complaints from Apple customers regarding Apple Maps, CEO Tim Cook apologized for the rather shoddy app — and won some fans in the tech press.
After a wave of complaints from Apple customers regarding Apple Maps, CEO Tim Cook apologized for the rather shoddy app — and won some fans in the tech press.
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In a rare shakeup, Apple reportedly fired two senior executives late Monday: Mobile software chief Scott Forstall and John Browett, Apple's recently hired head of retail operations. According to unidentified sources, simmering tensions between Apple veteran Forstall and other executives had boiled over without the mediation of late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The final straw was reportedly Forstall's refusal to sign a public apology for glitches in Apple's new Maps program for iPhones and iPads; he argued the problems were exaggerated. CEO Tim Cook signed the letter in his place. Leadership of the iOS software division will be split among existing executives, including design guru Jonathan Ive.

 

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