iPhone 4: Mark Papermaster leaves Apple

By Gary Johnson - Aug 8, 2010

With all the antenna issues and the white version of the iPhone 4 still ongoing, Mark Papermaster – Apple executive in charge of hardware for the device – has left the company. So far it is not known if he left on his own accord or was pushed.

Miguel Helft of The New York Times is reporting that after phoning Mr. Papermaster he declined to comment on the departure. An Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement that Mr. Papermaster “is leaving the company and Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, is assuming his responsibilities.”

Mark Papermaster’s replacement is already in charge of several technologies that make up the iPhone, including the retina display and touch screens. Many people were surprised with the absence of Mr. Papermaster at Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference, and the official website still lists him as an Apple executive.

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