Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall, the leader of the iPhone software team Scott Forstall, will sit down with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff on June 20 to share his experience working with the late Steve Jobs on the secretive Apple iPhone project, codenamed “Project Purple.”
Preceded by Scott’s fireside chat will be a panel discussion with three engineers from the original iPhone development team: Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes. They’ll talk about their work on the device that transformed the mobile computing industry. You can't more info on the “Putting Your Finder On It: Creating the iPhone,” as well as register for the event, here.
The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. Located at 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California, it’s dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images.
Forstall, a software engineer, best known for leading the original software development team for the iPhone and iPad, and Broadway producer, best known for co-producing the Tony award-winning Fun Home and Eclipsed with his wife. Having spent his career first at NeXT and then Apple, he was the senior vice president (SVP) of iOS Software at Apple from 2007 until October 2012.
Despite the fact that he was one time considered the heir apparent to replace Jobs as Apple's CEO, on Oct. 29, 2012, Apple announced in a press release "that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple [in 2013] and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim." His duties were divided among four other Apple executives. Neither Forstall nor any other Apple executive has commented publicly on his departure beyond the initial press statement, but it is generally presumed that Forstall left his position involuntarily.