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    The Apple executive in charge of iPhone hardware development has left the company following the "Antennagate" debacle. Miguel Helft at the New York Times wrote that he was able to get Mark Papermaster on his iPhone, but that he "declined to comment" on whether he left voluntarily or was asked to resign. But John Gruber at Daring Fireball, who has a broad range of sources inside Apple, says they are all telling him it's "clear he was sacked."

    Papermaster joined Apple at the end of 2008, heading up the iPod and iPhone development efforts as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering, He came from IBM where he was head of their blade server division, and his transition to Cupertino was marked by a contentious court case that tested the limits of non-compete agreements. Papermaster said the work he'd be doing on mobile devices at Apple was different enough from the work he did at IBM that the nondisclosure agreement he signed with IBM didn't apply. Big Blue disagreed and took Papermaster to court. A judge decided he could stay with Apple, but only if he agreed to testify twice under oath - in July and October of last year - that he wasn't giving away IBM's secrets.

    At the time Papermaster came on board, Apple's Devices Hardware Engineering division was still digesting the PA Semi engineers that had been brought on board to design what would become the A4 chip. Later reports, though, indicated that the PA Semi guys weren't able to contribute a lot to the design effort, which was largely done by Apple's own VLSI team and recruits from another Apple acquisition called Intrinsity. As the division's focus shifted from the successful launch of the iPad to the iPhone 4, Papermaster became known at Apple as "the guy responsible for the antenna." Originally touted as an innovative design, the sleek stainless-steel band around the glass iPhone 4 soon became the focus of controversy as reports of reception problems mounted. One of Gruber's Apple sources said that the "antenna guys used to have a big chip on their shoulder," adding "No more.

    Papermaster's replacement will be Bob Mansfield, the Apple Senior Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Engineering.

    Source: Daring Fireball
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Hardware Chief Quit/Fired started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      Someone had to to be held accountable for it.

      We now know it sucks to work in Apple and be known as the "Antennae Guy"
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Lol what if he "mysteriously" disappears in a week time? I blame Apple lol.
    1. redwolf's Avatar
      redwolf -
      Quote Originally Posted by UiK View Post
      Are iPhones that are being built now going to have the same problem? Or have they already implemented the new design
      Into their new devixes?
      mixed result.. no official words

      few other forums and youtube i seen some has problem and some doesn't... result varies.

      Hopefuly Europe should get a revised iPhone 4 (4.5) in Early next year for the Mini-USB
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Stv should sack himself he signed off on the device knowing it had issues
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Design gets approved. Apple realizes the problems, makes bumpers, removes field test mode from iOS4. Releases iPhone to public, denies issue, admits issue, blames it on all smartphones...Fires designer. Guess someone had to pay for all the free cases.
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      Quote Originally Posted by shaileshashar View Post
      Well for such a big design flaw, yes he should be sacked !
      I don't really think it is the design flaw as much as an assembly problem!

      What was it about 2 or 3 percent of all the Iphone 4 made that had the problem!

      I have an Iphone 4 which is not affected as I can even moisten my finger and cannot make mine act up!

      The thing that get me as they are not trying to fix the problem with the Iphone 4 just doctor it up ride it out and then the Iphone 5 will be out and I would bet it will not have the problem!

      Another thing is that I have heard the Apple and Steve Jobs
      new of the problem before release and still did nothing!

      Probality the proto type Iphone 4 was assembled at apple and yes were better assembled!

      I be the China sweat shops turned them out as fast as possible and I don't even know it they were even tested other that power on a off!

      And Steve Jobs is going to find a patsy to blame it all own!
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      The antenna design really isn't that bad. Mine will drop a few bars if I purposely try to make them. I just
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Of course the iPhone 5 won't have the same problem....what do u think that second "temporary" iPhone plant is for? Indoor golf cart racing?
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by PWNsyst3m View Post
      The antenna design really isn't that bad. Mine will drop a few bars if I purposely try to make them drop. But overall I love the iPhone 4. I wouldn't won't to go back.......ever. Lol
      So if u bought a Ferrari and it occasionally had problems with its engine power output and made about as much power as a dodge neon when it acted up......you would be okay with that to?
    1. sparawan's Avatar
      sparawan -
      100% truth. I thought it was so weird when jobs annouced they were offering a case for the iPhone since they had never done that in the past. The pieces to the puzzle were put together very quickly.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Nvm I just got it to drop a call while death gripping it. Good thing I always use a case.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I believe previous report that Jobs chose this design, with the antenna engineering warning him about such design. Because Jobs debacle on this Antennagate, and Jobs is suppose to be infallible someone high up have to step down to protect Jobs infallibility. That is what I see here, a guy high up step down because he is not Apple he is not Jobs.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Jobs chose it likely because it was offered to him and argued for by this guy. It was likely by his recommendation that Jobs chose and championed the effort. News flash: Steve Jobs is not an engineer and doesn't believe himself to be.

      Anyway, it appears that half of you still can't differentiate between the death grip and the other antenna problem (bridging). In addition, there are the Bluetooth and, face sensor, and noise-canceling issues. Don't let Apple or anyone else fool you into thinking that "death grip" is the only iPhone 4 problem and that its only problems affect all other phones. All together, the iPhone 4 is the least usable iPhone of all for making and maintaining phone calls and it has nothing to do with "death grip" OR the bridging issue. The BT connection issues triggers the noise-canceling issue just as switching to BT mid-call (muffles your voice over re-established BT) and the face sensor issue causes disconnected calls (and worse!). That leaves you with speakerphone, which isn't always viable.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      My iPhone 4 is highly usable.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I hope he was fired .... Then he can collect unemployment
    1. Bouzo's Avatar
      Bouzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by PWNsyst3m View Post
      The antenna design really isn't that bad. Mine will drop a few bars if I purposely try to make them. I just
      not that bad you say? Check my comparison out, you tell me if I'm trying hard to death grip my phone, what a joke...

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot0vpY5fjBc]YouTube - ‪iPhone 4 'Death Grip' FIDO Canada‬‎[/ame]
    1. sungod661's Avatar
      sungod661 -
      will they exchange my iphone if i say i have the death grip problem? even with the case i lose bars
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Do not post bare iPhone 4 death grip video's we all know what will happen.

      Buy a case like I did for the MANY iPhone's in my household and make sure the case covers the problem area and guess what no death grip.

      And since cases are free now, I do not see why people still use the iPhone without one, I mean yea is looks great and I do not want to hide anything blah blah blah.

      The free case options one is called the REVEAL for a reason.

      END OF CRYING, antenna problem sucks and is a big deal if you are a 11 year old Twilight fan, but with my Incipio case while I wait for my free cases is no problem.

      Dude above try the Incipio cases they work for me.

      I mean also I understand this antenna problem sucks big time it is a literal design flaw, but it can be fixed.