Ex-Apple exec: Former iPhone boss Forstall 'got what he deserved'

Tony Fadell, the so-called “Father of the iPod” and the founder of smart thermostat company Nest, has some harsh words for Scott Forstall, his former rival at Apple: you got what was coming to you.

In an interview with the BBC published today, Fadell appeared to take great satisfaction in Forstall’s recent ouster from Apple. According to previous reports, Forstall was fired by CEO Tim Cook because he refused to sign an apology Cook issued concerning the new — and seriously flawed — Maps application that ships with the iPhone and iPad.

“Scott got what he deserved,” Fadell told the BBC, adding “I think what happened just a few weeks back was deserved and justified.”

Fadell left Apple in 2010 after overseeing the development of the iPod and contributing to the development of the iPhone. He reportedly clashed repeatedly with Forstall over the iPhone’s design and direction.

Prior to his firing, Forstall oversaw iOS, the operating system underlying the iPhone and iPad, Apple’s mobile devices that now account for the vast majority of the company’s sales and profits. Thanks partly to their success,  Forstall was seen as a rising star within the company and potentially its future CEO.

But according to Fadell, Apple is better off without him. He noted reports that some Apple employees cheered Forstall’s departure.

“Apple is in a great space, it has great products and there are amazing people at the company, and those people actually have a chance to have a firm footing now and continue the legacy Steve (Jobs) left,” he said.

Fadell spoke more about his time at Apple and about his new company, Nest. You can read the full interview here.

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Troy writes the Tech Files column as the Personal Technology Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He also covers the digital media, mobile and video game industries and writes occasionally about Apple, chips, social networking and other aspects of technology. Previously, Troy covered Apple and the consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining the Mercury News, Troy reported on technology, business and financial issues for TheStreet.com and CNET News.com.