The removal of Scott Forstall from his role as head of iOS is going to end up being a huge positive gain for Apple. As ridiculous as skeuomorphismwas in most of Apple’s work, what was worse was the damage it did to the vaunted hardware software pairing. Using an apple device has felt like walking up to a BMW, opening the door and finding it filled with velour seats.
A lot has been written for and against Forstall’s design view and while I think that’s a discussion worth having, it misses a larger point. Specifically, Apple cannot move forward as an iconic design company with competing design visions appearing in the same product. With John Ive in control there will be good and bad design just as there always has been, but there will also be a singular vision that’s been badly missed.