Apple Executive Departs After iPhone 4 Antenna Hoopla

Here's a tip: if you leave a major corporation like IBM to go work for a major corporation like Apple, and it makes major news waves, you probably don't ever want to screw up. Not that you would ever want to screw up while working at Apple anyway, but particularly not if you find yourself in that situation. A few years ago, an executive by the name of Mark Papermaster had quite a time going from IBM to Apple, with some "legal issues" causing some confusion on whether Mark was actually cleared to work at Apple after leaving a sensitive position at IBM.

After that chaos, no one in the media really paid much attention to Mark. But now, that spotlight is back on him. It's becoming a weekend for executive departures, and it's not even over yet. Hours after Mark Hurd, CEO of HP, was forced to resign, Papermaster has apparently left Apple as well. No one on the inside is actually saying why he left, or if he was truly forced out, but one thing seems clear: he was an executive responsible for hardware on the iPhone.

Of course, the iPhone 4's hardware has been the subject of much debate lately, with the "antennagate" problem causing more grief for Apple than any other piece of hardware in recent memory. Apple has actually confirmed Papermaster's departure to The New York Times, but no further details were provided from there. For now, Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, will be filling his shoes. It's likely that Apple will never really say what happened here, but it's easy to speculate. When you're in charge of the antenna that causes the whole world to suspect that your phone isn't working properly, it's probably not going to be easy to rest at night. So, Mr. Mansfield, don't screw up.
3vi1 4 years ago

*If* he was truly forced out over this, he's getting a raw deal.

I'd bet money he didn't design the antenna, and none of the testers reported problems with their signal from the bars where they were losing their phones. So, how the **** is any of this his fault?

Xylem 4 years ago

3vi1, Managers have always been getting credits (read money and more promotions) for all the hard work from their team members forever. now for once, let them face the heat for the mistakes of the same hardworkers.. Some one played Tit-for-Tat @ him Stick out tongue

acarzt 4 years ago

Yea no kidding, managers get fat bonuses for the hard work of us lowly peons(did I spell that right?)

Not saying that he was forced out. Just that, it's a nice idea that if the managers or gonna take the credit for all the hard work of his employees... he should take all the blame too for their short comings.

Dave_HH 4 years ago

I think it's speculation to assume he was forced out because of issues with the iPhone 4 and our articles doesn't say this either way, just that the timing of the events is coincidental. That said, a good manager empowers his team and fights for their collective success in the company. So it's wrong to say it was or wasn't a manager's fault unless you know all the facts. As with many things in life, things are never usually as simple as they seem. Then again, in big corporate culture it's not uncommon at all that top managers roll when a product line takes a knee. It's a kin to a sports team manager being shown the exit after enough of a losing record. Again, not that it's the case in this situation but again, it's not uncommon.

digitaldd 4 years ago

Ok so this guy, Papermaster was hired in what 2008 and Apple & IBM spent his first year fighting over whether he could take the Apple job in the first place right. Then how is he even involved with this Antennagate thing. Chances are their design was well underway before he got involved, if he even got involved with it.  I smell a scapegoat here..

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