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Scott Forstall, Apple iPhone Exec, Ousted For Refusing To Apologize For Maps: Report

10/30/2012 12:06 EDT | Updated 12/30/2012 05:12 EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Apple Senior VP of iPhone Software Scott Forstall demonstrates the new iPhone 5 during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the popular smart phone. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A published reports says the head of Apple's iPhone software development was asked to resign after he refused to sign a letter apologizing for the flaws of Apple's mapping application.

The Wall Street Journal says Scott Forstall's refusal was the latest clash between him and other executives, and led to the company's announcement Monday that he is stepping down and leaving the company next year.

Forstall's unit was responsible for the Maps application, which was unfavourably compared to the Google Maps app it replaced.

Apple also announced the immediate departure of John Browett, a British retail executive who took over Apple's stores in April.

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