Did Apple try to bury some bad news amid Hurricane Sandy last night? The company announced a management shakeup, with its senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall leaving the company. Responsibility for Apple’s Siri voice assistant service and its much-derided Apple Maps app fell at his door, with both the Wall Street Journal and Fortune suggesting that Forstall’s refusal to sign Apple’s public apology for the Maps fiasco may have been the final straw for CEO Tim Cook. Siri and Maps will now be overseen by Eddy Cue, whose role has expanded in recent years from iTunes boss to SVP of internet software and services. Meanwhile, Apple’s SVP of industrial design Jony Ive will now “provide leadership and direction for Human Interface across the company” – which could be good news for iTunes 12 in 2013, as well as Apple’s other apps and software.

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