Scott Forstall has been profiled by Bloomberg Businessweek. The article reveals some details about the head of Apple’s iOS we haven’t heard about before. He is said to be a ‘mini’ version of Steve, a passionate and dedicated hard-driving executive. It’s an extremely interesting, and long read. Here’s an excerpt:
Forstall, who went to work for Jobs right out of college, is one of the key architects of Apple’s current success. In less than five years, iOS—the latest version, iOS 5, ships this week—has become one of the most valuable corporate assets on earth. His name is on about 50 Apple patents that cover everything from how application icons are laid out on the iPhone screen to the method of turning off a device with a finger swipe. On a crucial 2009 patent for a touchscreen device controlled by finger commands, “Forstall, Scott” is listed second, right after “Jobs, Steven P.”
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. He’s known to have a taste for the Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG, in silver, the same car Jobs drove, and even has a signature on-stage costume: black shoes, jeans, and a black zippered sweater. (He favors Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirts for normal days at the office.)
If you have ever wondered about Forstall, this article sheds some light. Man, he’s just like Steve.