Scott Forstall, the Polarizing Genius Behind iOS, is the mini-Steve Jobs

13 Oct

Forstall comes across as the Once and Future Apple—a reminder that the company is more than one man, its a philosophy both technical and industrial that its torchbearers can either work together to nurture, or watch flicker out due to corporate infighting and jealousy

via Scott Forstall, the Polarizing Genius Behind iOS.

Aqua, OS X Leopard, the Mac-minded philosophy iOS, and the App Store are all children of Forstall’s vision.

Forstall was behind or involved in several key iPhone-related patents, and he’s likely the most important person at the company behind Tim Cook and Jon Ive. He’s also the closest approximation to Steve Jobs currently working at Apple:

In many ways, Forstall is a mini-Steve. He’s a hard-driving manager who obsesses over every detail. He has Jobs’s knack for translating technical, feature-set jargon into plain English.

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