Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Closing arguments presented in the ICC trial of the Malian Jihadist who destroyed shrines

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Burkini: the never-ending controversy

Read more

THE DEBATE

Biden in Turkey: NATO allies at odds over Syria Kurds, exiled cleric (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Biden in Turkey: NATO allies at odds over Syria Kurds, exiled cleric (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Video: The European dream of Abidjan street footballers

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Star Trek Beyond, Toni Erdmann, Staying Vertical

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaziantep Massacre: Turkey's kurds targeted in deadly attack

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

US Secretary of State John Kerry commits to ramping up military assistance to Nigeria

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Sexism is over, according to most men'

Read more

Americas

Apple executive departs after iPhone 4 'antennagate'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-08

Apple executive Mark Papermaster, responsible for hardware including the iPhone 4's antenna, is leaving the company, according to an Apple spokesman. Media reports of problems with the device's antenna had sparked many consumer complaints.

AP - An Apple Inc. executive whose responsibilities include iPhone hardware is leaving the company in the wake of antenna problems with the newest version of the smart phone.

Apple was forced to offer a free fix after consumers complained and numerous media outlets reported a problem with dropped calls.

Mark Papermaster, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone and iPod hardware engineering, is leaving the company, according to Apple spokesman Steve Dowling.

Dowling wouldn’t comment beyond a brief statement or say whether Papermaster was fired or is leaving voluntarily.

Papermaster’s departure comes weeks after Apple announced it will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone model to alleviate the so-called “death grip” problem: holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal.

The antenna problems were a rare glitch in Apple’s rollout for a new product.

Consumer Reports refused to recommend the iPhone 4 and called on Apple to compensate buyers.

Die-hard fans of the Apple’s products have dubbed the stumble “antennagate.”

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, will assuming Papermaster’s responsibilities, Dowling said.

Mansfield oversees groups that components for the iPhone and iPod touch, including the A4 chip, Retina display and touch screens.

Papermaster, who came to Apple in 2008 from IBM, could not be reached for comment at a phone number listed under his name.
 

Date created : 2010-08-08

  • APPLE

    Apple to give away iPhone cases in bid to end 'Antennagate'

    Read more

  • APPLE

    Debate rages over the iPhone 4

    Read more

  • TECHNOLOGY

    Apple tells iPhone 4 owners to get a grip

    Read more

COMMENT(S)