According to reports, Bob Mansfield is still on good terms with Apple.
Over the weekend, news broke that Mansfield was no longer an Apple executive. That led to some speculation over what he’d be doing, and why he left. However, Apple said that he did not leave, and he’s working on “special projects.” Still, it caused some to question the change, because last year when Scott Forstall left, it was due to him being fired. Furthermore, Apple said Forstall would serve as an advisor. In other words, Apple sugarcoated his firing.
However, it turns out that Mansfield is very well-liked around Apple. Apparently, he’s just going to be focusing more on some new products that probably haven’t yet been announced.