As one source close to the company told AllThingsD, “The timing of
Bob’s return is not coincidental.”
To begin with, Mansfield was not a fan of Forstall’s
confrontational management style, and sources said he generally
tried to avoid the iOS exec. Indeed, Bloomberg reported last
year that Mansfield would meet with Forstall only if Cook were
present to mediate. I’ve heard many similar stories.
“It wasn’t a him-or-me situation,” one source said of Mansfield’s
return and Forstall’s departure. “But, put it this way, I think
Bob was much more willing to commit to two more years once he knew
Scott was on his way out.”
The speculation regarding skeuomorphism as a factor in Forstall’s ouster has gotten out of hand. That’s not what this was about. This is about Forstall’s relationship with the other senior executives at the company. Personalities and politics, not rich Corinthian leather.