As Papermaster Leaves Apple, EU Adds Its Voice to FTC Investigation

Lora Bentley

Over the weekend, the Apple executive responsible for the iPhone 4 hardware (and thus, the "Antennagate" controversy) stepped down - or as John Gruber at Daring Fireball told Business Insider, was forced out.


Mark Papermaster, the company's SVP of devices hardware engineering, joined Apple from IBM just 15 months ago. And if you'll remember, IBM sued Apple in an attempt to stop Apple from hiring him. Obviously it's not as if he was second choice or someone the company's other executives weren't excited about hiring in the first place. But according to The Wall Street Journal, Papermaster wasn't exactly a cultural fit for Apple.


Writers Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ian Sherr explained:

Several people familiar with Mr. Papermaster's situation said his departure was driven by a broader cultural incompatibility. Mr. Papermaster had lost the confidence of Mr. Jobs months ago and hasn't been part of the decision-making process for some time, these people said. They added that Mr. Papermaster didn't appear to have the type of creative thinking expected at Apple and wasn't used to Apple's corporate culture...

Apple's senior vice president of computer engineering, Bob Mansfield, is expected to take on Papermaster's responsibilities.


But as Apple addressed the iPhone hardware problem, another iPhone software problem was cropping up. Tuesday, rumors began circulating that the European Union is participating in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into whether Apple's iPhone developer agreement is anticompetitive, reports The Mac Observer.


Such is life at the top, I suppose.

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