Former iOS chief Scott Forstall has been pretty much MIA since leaving Apple in 2012. However, he will be making a rare appearance to talk Apple next week.
In a public fireside chat with long-time tech journalist John Markoff (for my money, one of the best tech writers working today), Forstall will discuss working with Steve Jobs on the project which became the iPhone.
Held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, the discussion is one of many events we can expect later this month, marking the tenth anniversary of the iPhone going on sale. The Computer History Museum is hosting several of these events, under the banner of the venue’s ongoing “iPhone 360” project.
Forstall’s conversation with Markoff will be preceded by a panel discussion with Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes, three engineers who worked on the original iPhone project. The event is titled “Putting Your Finger On It: Creating the iPhone,” and will take place on June 20 from 7pm to 9pm Pacific Time. Registration is taking place online.
It will mark the most prolonged discussion Forstall has participated in since leaving Apple on the back of its 2012 Apple Maps debacle, for which Forstall refused to publicly apologize. Since then, he has remained largely off the radar — with the exception of co-producing a Broadway play and advising Snapchat.
In May 2015, Forstall made one of his few public comments about Apple to the Wall Street Journal, when he said that he was “delighted” that they are still making great products.