Oddly, the issue of skeuomorphism has taken the front stage since the news broke about the Apple re-organization. I also remember reading about this design belief through Fast Company’s Co. Design article back in September 2012. The battleground was already in place.
Even as Jobs supported Forstall’s views on skeuomorphism, he also viewed Jonathan Ive (Senior VP, Industrial Design) as his “spiritual partner” [Forstall worked at NeXT and he joined Jobs to return to Apple in 1997 as part of the NeXT acquisition as a move to SAVE Apple with OS/X — Forstall continued with iOS, Passbook, Maps]. However, Jony hated skeuomorphism as did many of the other designers.
From Fast C@mpany: