The New York Times is reporting that Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware at Apple, has left the company. Papermaster was in charge of Apple’s iPhone and iPod engineering teams since April of 2009. Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the company’s flagship iPhone, has left the company in […]
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Mark Papermaster, SVP of iPhone Hardware Engineering, Leaves Apple

The New York Times is reporting that Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware at Apple, has left the company. Papermaster was in charge of Apple’s iPhone and iPod engineering teams since April of 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Papermaster has been replaced by Bob Mansfield, Apple’s current SVP of Mac Hardware Engineering. Worth noting, Mansfield was simply titled “Senior Vice President of Hardware” in the promotional video for the iPhone 4. This suggests that Papermaster may have left Apple prior to the iPhone 4 launch, and all of the hardware engineering teams at Apple were placed under Mansfield’s lead. Besides, the New York Times states that Mansfield was included in several of the iPhone 4’s engineering decisions, like the inclusion of the A4 chip and Retina display.

Also worth noting, is the fact that Papermaster was not present at the iPhone 4 press conference Apple held last month, which again, suggests that he had already left Apple.

Lastly, the always well informed John Gruber believes Papermaster was kicked out of the company. A source of Gruber’s stated that internally at Apple, Papermaster was “the guy responsible for the antenna”, while also claiming that “Apparently the antenna guys used to have a big chip on their shoulder. No more.”

Oops.

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