Kaylie Moise, November 29, 2012
Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive and often considered the “father of the iPod”, sat down with the BBC today to talk about his new startup company, Nest. When the topic turned to Apple, Fadell said Scott Forstall “got what he deserved.”
When he was at Apple, Fadell was the Senior Vice President of the iPod division and served as a special advisor to Steve Jobs. When he left Apple in 2010, it was rumored that he and Scott Forstall clashed on more than one occasion. A 2011 Businessweek profile of Forstall suggested he was difficult to work with and that he and Fadell had argued over the operating system for the iPhone, which eventually led to Fadell’s departure from Apple.
When the BBC interviewer pressed Fadell for more details about specific personality issues between the two, he just reiterated his previous statement: “I think what happened just a few weeks back was deserved and justified.” Where does Fadell think this leaves Apple? Here’s what he had to say:
“If you read some of the reports, people were cheering in Cupertino when that event happened. So, I think Apple is in a great space, it has great products and there are amazing people at the company, and those people actually have a chance to have a firm footing now and continue the legacy Steve [Jobs] left.”
Since leaving Apple, Fadell has become the CEO of Nest, the company that created the popular Nest Learning Thermostat, which promises lower energy usage and is now being sold in Apple’s online store.
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