The executive who was reportedly fired for Apple Maps is finally breaking his silence

Scott ForstallGettyFormer Apple executive Scott Forstall.

Former Apple SVP Scott Forstall is one of the most important inventors of the iPhone. He led the creation of iOS, the software that still powers iPhones to this day.

But in 2012, he was reportedly fired because Apple rolled out a buggy and half-baked version of Apple Maps, and he refused to sign a letter apologizing for the botched launch. There were also several rumours that he didn’t get along with other top Apple executives.

Since then, he’s kept a very low profile in the technology industry — he’s actually been producing musicals, including “Fun Home” and “Eclipsed.” He’s also advised Snapchat, and possibly other startups, according to leaked Sony emails.

Now Forstall is set to discuss his time at Apple publicly for the first time since he was fired. He’ll be discussing the invention of the iPhone at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley next Tuesday.

There’s also another session with three original iPhone engineers. Both panels will be led by former New York Times technology journalist John Markoff.

Here’s the complete listing for the session:

During 2006, the year before the iPhone was introduced, it seemed that innovation in mobile devices was beginning to slip away from Silicon Valley. Wireless computing was advancing more quickly in Europe than it was in the United States. That all changed abruptly when Steve Jobs stepped onstage at Moscone Center in San Francisco and asserted he was introducing “three revolutionary products” in one package — the iPhone.

How did iPhone come to be? On June 20, four members of the original development team will discuss the secret Apple project, which in the past decade has remade the computer industry, changed the business landscape, and become a tool in the hands of more than a billion people around the world.

Part 1: Original iPhone Engineers Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes in Conversation with John Markoff

Part 2: Original iPhone Software Team Leader Scott Forstall in Conversation with John Markoff


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