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iPhone exec falls from Apple tree in ‘Antennagate’

Posted on 10 August 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Apple CEO Steve Jobs still insists that iPhone 4 users are holding the phone wrong and that the reception problem is one shared by many other smartphones.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs still insists that iPhone 4 users are holding the phone wrong and that the reception problem is one shared by many other smartphones.

Apple’s ongoing “Antennagate” saga has left a senior executive jobless.

Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of iPhone engineering, has left the company just weeks after the “Antennagate” controversy caused all sorts of problems for Apple. Disgruntled users made numerous complaints of poor reception on the company’s latest smartphone the iPhone 4.

Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling says Papermaster has been replaced by Bob Mansfield. Dowling has refused to reveal the reason for Papermaster’s departure.

The Apple iPhone 4 was released in June and it was an instant hit with consumers. But reports soon spread about reception problems and snowballed into a publicity crisis when Apple was forced to call a press conference to tackle the matter.

Papermaster was not at the press conference on July 16. Mansfield, who will take over for him, now oversees Macintosh hardware engineering. Mansfield apparently manages groups that create many of the key technologies for the iPhone and iPod touch, including the A4 chip, Retina display and touch screens. Papermaster started working at Apple in November of 2008, after he was lured away from IBM, where he worked for 25 years.

IBM sued Papermaster after his departure, saying he agreed to avoid working for any competitor for a year. A federal court initially barred Papermaster from working for Apple, but the lawsuit was eventually resolved and he began work for Apple in April of 2009.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs remains adamant that there is nothing wrong with the iPhone 4, saying that the reception problem is one shared by many other smartphones. Jobs’ thoughts on the issue were revealed in a leaked document.

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