Since his unceremonious firing last October, we haven’t heard a peep from or about former Apple executive Scott Forstall. If you recall, Tim Cook effectively told Forstall to take a permanent vacation after the long-time Steve Jobs protégé refused to sign off on a letter apologizing to consumers for glitches in Apple’s Maps app.
Now comes word that Forstall may re-emerge as a witness during Apple and Samsung’s upcoming trial where the only issue to be determined will be how much Samsung owes Apple for infringing upon a number of Apple’s design and utility patents.
The two sides Friday filed a joint pretrial statement and lists of potential witnesses they may call. Apple’s list includes Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, and Scott Forstall, the former senior vice president of iOS software.
Forstall, of course, testified during Apple/Samsung trial last summer and revealed a number of previously unknown tidbits about the iOS design process and the secret history behind the development of the iPhone. Given that the upcoming trial, slated to get underway in November, will focus exclusively on damages, we likely won’t get much more juicy information.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see Forstall take the stand given that he’s been 100% absent from any sort of limelight since leaving Apple nearly 12 months ago.