Apple executive management shift. The best thing to happen to Apple in years.

Apple just announced in a press release this afternoon that SVP of iOS software Scott Forstall is leaving Apple next year. Additionally John Browett, head of retail, is leaving too and CEO Tim Cook will take over retail as an interim until a replacement is found. Tim Cook discussed the news:

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

Taking over Forstall’s position, will be Craig Federighi, who will also lead OS X along with iOS. Eddy Cue will be taking over Siri and Maps.

Additionally Jony Ivy will “provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design.”

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, that is ”Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level.”