iPhone Hardware Engineering Chief Mark Papermaster Leaves Apple

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The New York Times reports that Mark Papermaster, Apple's Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering, has left the company. Papermaster has been heading up Apple's iPhone and iPod engineering teams since he began work with the company in April 2009.Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the company's flagship iPhone, has left the company in the wake of widely reported problems with the antenna of the recently introduced iPhone 4.

It is not clear if Mr. Papermaster was ousted or left on his own accord.Papermaster has been replaced by Bob Mansfield, who is an existing member of Apple's senior executive team in his role as Senior Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering.

In retrospect, today's news explains what should have been seen as a curious aspect of Apple's iPhone 4 press conference last month. The Q&A portion of the press conference was conducted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, and Mansfield. Papermaster, whose division designed the iPhone 4, was to our knowledge not in attendance at the event.

In fact, even Apple's promotional video for the iPhone 4 released at the device's introduction in early June and featuring a number of Apple executives talking about it does not include Papermaster. Mansfield is, however, featured with the job title of Senior Vice President of Hardware, dropping the "Mac" qualifier that had been part of his official job at that time. According to The New York Times, Mansfield was involved in the design of several aspects of the iPhone 4, including its A4 chip and Retina display.

Papermaster's curious invisibility in all aspects of iPhone 4 publicity suggests that he may even have been on his way out even before the iPhone 4 was released, but whether his departure is due to iPhone antenna design issues that might have been discovered prior to its launch or to other factors is unknown.

Papermaster was initially recruited to Apple from IBM in late 2008 to replace departing iPhone/iPod executive Tony Fadell, but IBM filed suit, claiming that Papermaster had violated his employment agreement with IBM by taking a position with a competing firm. Papermaster very briefly began work at Apple in early November 2008 before a judge ordered him to stop working until the IBM lawsuit was settled. In January 2009, Apple announced that the litigation had been settled and that Papermaster would officially begin work at Apple on April 24th of that year.

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jsttesting

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One heck of a shock. He only stayed to see the launch of one product at launch. Frankly, I haven't had any call drop issues with the iPhone 4 even though the bars do drop.
 

Tyre

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Apples just jumping on the Green bandwagon by going paperless.
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I don't know that he is being thrown out. I could see him being the one who proposed shipping bumpers with the iP4 (which numerous articles report was suggested but ultimately revoked) and is frustrated by the hierarchy. Remember that Papermaster came from the upper echelons of IBM and had likely gotten used to accepting responsibility over his job. If Jobs overrules his assessment and he then gets the flak for it, definitely something to resign over.
 

slipper

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Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the company's flagship iPhone, has left the company in the wake of widely reported problems with the antenna of the recently introduced iPhone 4.
If this is true, then Apple acknowledges that the antennae is a significant issue... something that Apple has yet to fess up to.
 

Mal67

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I don't know that he is being thrown out. I could see him being the one who proposed shipping bumpers with the iP4 (which numerous articles report was suggested but ultimately revoked) and is frustrated by the hierarchy. Remember that Papermaster came from the upper echelons of IBM and had likely gotten used to accepting responsibility over his job. If Jobs overrules his assessment and he then gets the flak for it, definitely something to resign over.
Oh to be a fly on the wall or even a fruit fly on the apple when these things are going on
 

3GEE

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No, it's called accountability. It's harsh but it's a good thing too. Nothing poisons a company quicker than when a person that makes decisions is not held accountable when things go wrong, even if its perception.
 

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I honestly doubt this was related to the antenna issue, not sure whether he would've had too much of an influence, as his knowledge base was in chipsets etc.
 

johnnymg

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I like this move. Sends a clear message to the troops both high and low.

cheers to the longs
JohnG
 

sinsin07

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No, it's called accountability. It's harsh but it's a good thing too. Nothing poisons a company quicker than when a person that makes decisions is not held accountable when things go wrong, even if its perception.
Jobs has the ultimate responsibility, unless products go into production without his approval which would explain IP4.
 

Mal67

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If this is true, the Apple acknowledges that the antennae is a significant issue... something that Apple has yet to fess up to.
If it really is a significant design issue then apple is going to have to pull some interesting engineering design out of the book for the next model if they keep going down the flatter, thinner route. Personally I prefer to have a real antenna on my mobiles - cdma and next G.
 

modufour

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This is not related to the iPhone antenna problem because there is NO antenna problem! Do you have an iPhone 4? I do! No problems whatsoever!!!