“Tony Fadell is one of Silicon Valley’s biggest names. He’s known as the ‘father of the iPod’ for his work on the first 18 generations of Apple’s music player and was also involved in the hardware design of the original iPhone,” Leo Kelion reports for BBC News. “Since cutting ties with the firm in 2010 he’s set up Nest – a smart-thermostat that looks like nothing else on the market.”

“But let’s put his achievements aside for a moment and pinch-and-zoom into the ousting of a man portrayed as his nemesis: Scott Forstall,” Kelion reports. “In 2011 Businessweek magazine ran an article which said the two men had repeatedly clashed at Apple with Mr Forstall – the iPhone software chief – raiding his colleague’s team for talent, creating an ‘explosive’ climate in which the two argued over credit, attention and resources before Mr Fadell ultimately quit.”

Kelion reports, “So what does he make of the news that Mr Forstall lost his post in October after reports of rifts with other executives and a refusal to apologise for the release of a flawed Maps app. ‘Scott got what he deserved,’ Mr Fadell told the BBC. When pressed, he adds: ‘I think what happened just a few weeks back was deserved and justified and it happened.’”

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Kelion reports, “‘If you read some of the reports, people were cheering in Cupertino when that event happened,’ he answers, referring to Apple headquarters in California. ‘So, I think 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.’”

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MacDailyNews Take: By most credible accounts, Forstall was a cancer that Tim Cook was right to excise.

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