An Engineer Manager on the MobileMe project, Erin Caton, has claimed in a recent post that Steve Jobs is the one responsible for the unsuccessful launch of the software.
MobileMe, which has since been replaced by iCloud, was one of the first steps taken by Apple to transition the user account to the online world, so you can log into it from any machine.
Following syncing issues, the loss of emails and various other shortcomings, The Wall Street Journal’s technology columnist, Walt Mossberg, said he couldn’t recommend the service as it had too many flaws.
Steve Jobs famously blamed the team of engineers for the unsuccessful launch, gathering them in an auditorium owned by Apple, and exclaiming: “You’ve tarnished Apple’s reputation. You should hate each other for having let each other down.” He later goes on to say: “Mossberg, our friend, is no longer writing good things about us.”
But according to Erin Caton, this is not the case. She explains the downfall of MobileMe in her post on Medium: “This was the system that Steve created. He made himself so fearful and terrible that an entire group of amazing, talented, hard working people, ended up getting screamed at wrongfully. It was his fault that the MobileMe launch went so poorly, not ours.”
Caton explains that the MobileMe team did not feel confident about the launch date for a long period of time, and made attempt to contact their leadership to explain this. Unfortunately, nobody listened to their concerns.
Jobs clearly didn’t see it this way at the time; he swiftly replaced the MobileMe executive, Rob Schoeben, with Eddy Cue, who had previously been the head executive for iTunes.
However, in an email sent only to Apple staff, Jobs did admit that: “MobileMe was simply not up to Apple’s standards - it clearly needed more time and testing.” A sentiment echoed by Erin Caton and her team.