Apple watchers may remember Scott Forstall from his time on stage with Steve Jobs at Apple’s rollout of the iPhone SDK this past March. Forstall was featured front and center and showed off many of the SDK’s capabilities during the presentation to an invitation-only crowd. Now Forstall has been appointed Senior Vice President of iPhone Software.
Reporting directly to Steve Jobs, Forstall leads the development team responsible for delivering the software that runs the iPhone. He’s been at Apple since 1997, and is one of the original architects of the Mac operating system and its interface. He is one of the executives that Jobs brought with him from NeXT when he returned to the company.
Past positions Forstall has held at Apple include Vice President of iPhone Software, and Vice President of Platform Experience.
While it may be just one more notch up the totem pole, Forstall’s appointment as Senior Vice President of iPhone Software — a newly-created position within the company — puts him in the same rank as Jonathan Ive, Bertrand Serlet and Tony Fadell, who head up Apple’s industrial design, software engineering and iPod development, respectively. Forstall’s promotion indicates just how important iPhone software development is to Apple going forward.