Ousting Forstall Opened the Door for Mansfield's Apple Return

Bob Mansfield retired from Apple in June only to return in August, and now has committed to at least two more years with the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker. Unnamed sources are now saying Mr. Mansfield's decision to stay was spurred by Scott Forstall's departure from Apple.

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Apparently the relationship between the two was strained at best before Mr. Mansfield quit and they would meet only when CEO Tim Cook was present to mediate. Mr. Mansfield's decision to return and ultimately stay, however, wasn't predicated on ousting Mr. Forstall, according to Bloomberg.

"It wasn't a him-or-me situation," an anonymous source said. "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."

When Mr. Mansfield's retirement was announced in June, he was serving as the company's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering and vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, took on his responsibilities. Come August, Apple announced that Mr. Mansfield was un-retiring, and would be working on "future products."

When Apple said that senior vice president of iOS Software Scott Forstall, along with senior vice president of Retail John Browett, were leaving the company, the company also unveiled its new Technologies group to be headed by Mr. Mansfield.

While there isn't any official word on why Mr. Mansfield decided to return in the first place, and then agreed to a two-year commitment, sources say Mr. Cook made him an offer that was too good to refuse. And with Mr. Forstall leaving, sources added, "The timing of Bob's return is not coincidental."