Apple iPhone head leaves company

Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President for Mobile Devices, has left Apple just 15 months after joining the company

A senior Apple executive responsible for iPhone 4 has left the company in the wake of a number of problems with the flagship device. Mark Papermaster had been Apple’s Senior Vice President for Mobile Devices; a company spokesman said he had left the company on Saturday.

Mr Papermaster joined Apple from IBM 15 months ago, but the reasons for his sudden exit are not clear. Although iPhone 4 has suffered from problems with reception and the production of a white version, Mr Papermaster was apparently not involved in any promotional material for it, or with the press conference held by Chief Executive Steve Jobs to address the reception issues. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Mr Papermaster had lost Mr Jobs confidence some time ago, and was not in fact sacked as a result of the iPhone 4 debacle.

Mr Papermaster was hired by Apple while Mr Jobs was still recovering from a liver transplant, and some insiders appear to believe that on Mr Jobs return the pair did not work together effectively.

Apple declined to give a reason for the executive’s departure. The company did say, however, that Mr Papermaster’s role will be handled by Bob Mansfield, the company’s senior vice president of computer engineering. Mr Mansfield was among the executives who were featured in the iPhone 4 promotional video released in early June, and is already in charge of parts of Apple’s mobile-device technologies, including the “Retina” display and A4 processing chip.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. But i love iphone 🙂


  2. my fav cell phone


  3. Oh it could be drawback for Apple!


  4. Sad day for Apple.


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