The Apple Executive that oversaw the production of the Apple iPhone 4, Mark Papermaster, has been replaced by senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, Bob Mansfield.
Mark Papermaster, formerly IBM’s top microprocessor executive, replaced Tony Fadell as head of the iPod and iPhone division in November 2008. IBM filed a complaint upon Papermaster’s departure in federal court to prevent him from leaving IBM, saying he knew highly confidential IBM trade secrets. The court battle resulted in Papermaster having to wait until April 2009 to join Apple.
In a statement, Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesperson said Papermaster “is leaving the company and Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, is assuming his responsibilities.”
Although Dowling confirmed Papermaster’s departure, no one has specified if he was fired or resigned. But it’s hard not to speculate that Papermaster was fired due to the antennae issues the iPhone 4 has had and the bad publicity Apple has received because of it.
It was noticed that that Papermaster was not present at the press conference that addressed the iPhone 4.0 problems and complaints, which makes one wonder if his departure was already in the works at that point. Steve Jobs was joined by Tim Cook, the chief operating officer, and Mansfield at that press conference.
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