Apple Reshuffles Top Executives; Scott Forstall To Leave in 2013

Apple announced the upcoming retirement of iOS software head Scott Forstall in 2013 along with the reshuffling of its top brass lineup to give additional responsibilities to other officers, the American tech company announced Monday.

Apple also stated a vacancy in the top post of their retail unit after former head John Browett decided to move in a different direction.

With the recent moves, top executives Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, Bob Mansfield, and John Ive will have expanded roles in the front office of the world’s most influential tech company.

Federighi will assume the position to be vacated by Forstall, supervising both OS X and iOS group under one umbrella. Aside from his position as Apple’s top designer, John Ive will take the leadership role for the company’s Human Interface function.

Eddy Cue will be the top honcho for the Siri and Maps department as an integral part of Apple’s Online system that features iCloud, iTunes, and Apple’s digital stores.

Mansfield is back in his leadership role after he was replaced by Dan Riccio earlie this year as the top executive for Apple’s hardware department, though he was assigned as an assistant to Apple CEO Tim Cook to work on several future products. He will now head the company’s technologies group which is composed of the wireless and semiconductor groups.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” Cook said in a statement about the changes. “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,” Apple released in a statement.