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  • iPhone Hardware Chief Quit/Fired


    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. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      He should totally be fired. He cost Apple literally billions of dollars through both the free case program and by tarnishing Apple as a brand. If any company loses more than they are gaining through either a division or a single person, they should get the boot. This is for profit business. The phone is sexy as hell, and we can thank Jonathan Ives for that, but Papermaster was an engineer and he failed miserably at what he was hired to do.
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      he should totally be fired. He cost apple literally billions of dollars through both the free case program and by tarnishing apple as a brand. If any company loses more than they are gaining through either a division or a single person, they should get the boot. This is for profit business. The phone is sexy as hell, and we can thank jonathan ives for that, but papermaster was an engineer and he failed miserably at what he was hired to do.

      qft!
    1. Bouzo's Avatar
      Bouzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by zmanforever View Post
      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.
      Instead of waiting 2 months for apple to ship me a 'free' case I went and bought two different styles. Although I can 'technically' say (and I cringe) that there was a slight improvement (holding 1 bar at least instead of 'no signal') I still get dropped calls with the cases and would HARDLY call that a solution for an obvious serious problem.

      Quote Originally Posted by zmanforever View Post
      Do not post bare iPhone 4 death grip video's we all know what will happen.
      Just wanted to add that the point of the video is NOT to simply show the iPhone 4 death grip, but also how the 3G (2 generations old) has no issues with how you grip the phone.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Just ignore me guys I was in denial. Lol I've never had the problem on normal usage but when I purposely kept my hand there it dropped two calls in a row. But still I love it.
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      I make the bars drop for fun. When in a call though, I always naturally grip around the bridge area, with my pinky near the usb connector. Massive hands ftw
    1. Cripton's Avatar
      Cripton -
      Quote Originally Posted by zmanforever View Post
      Hopefully this design flaw will never happen again.

      No big deal to me total 5 iPhone 4's in my household case fixed problem, end of my story sorry.
      No one likes a bragger.
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cripton View Post
      No one likes a bragger.


      All I said is the 5 iPhone 4's in my house all have cases and work fine, how is that bragging?


      Some people in here must really have money problems to think having 5 cellphones for 5 different people is fancy bragging?

      Do not be such a moron on the forum please, simply letting others know that 5 out of 5 iPhone's are fine with a case and this solves it.

      Giving information on a iPhone Jailbreaking forum is now bragging?

      Please do not post stupid.
    1. aqualeris's Avatar
      aqualeris -
      After all this, I find Apple quite a joke.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      They always need someone to blame
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      There IS a difference between the death grip and just having ****** service.
    1. twitchthecat's Avatar
      twitchthecat -
      Quote Originally Posted by zmanforever View Post
      Hopefully this design flaw will never happen again.

      No big deal to me total 5 iPhone 4's in my household case fixed problem, end of my story sorry.
      Cases don't "fix" the problem. There is a design flaw that is simply masked by cases and bumpers.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      This case solution and defect will shine lite on the apple fanboi vs common sense did sales really suffer?
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      I agree with the people here. He was just a scape goat. Even if it was his fault still Steve Jobs was notified of the antenna issue and then why he didnt fixed it before releasing the phone. Its always the employee at the bottom who gets the blame. The ones on the top save their ***.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      ^^Jobs is worshiped as Apple God, and God is infallible. So this myth must be maintained in order to keep the religion going. Someone must be blamed for this and must be a person high up, this outsider who worked less than 3 years and came in from a competitor IBM gets the job. I am sure there is a huge severance package setup for this person, hope someone reports on that so we know the price of being a expensive scape goat.
    1. applekid80's Avatar
      applekid80 -
      Dude. It's not his fault. Steve needs to take all responsibility for what the company does. IPhone = a ***, dipsh*t, dropped on its head when it was born type of phone
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