Apple Exec Gets Canned After iPhone 4 Antenna Issue

By , Aug 7, 2010

The iPhone 4 antenna issue claimed another victim, and a big one! Apple’s Senior Vice President of iPhone Hardware Engineering Mark Papermaster isn’t on the payroll anymore. The NY Times article that broke the story doesn’t know if he was fired or if he resigned.

However, according to John Gruber, Papermaster did get fired over the antennagate:

From what I’ve heard, it’s clear he was canned. Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate press conference. Inside Apple, he’s “the guy responsible for the antenna” — that’s a quote from a source back on July 23. (Another quote from the same source: “Apparently the antenna guys used to have a big chip on their shoulder. No more.”)

I’m a bit confused here. According to Apple, there is no antenna problem with the iPhone 4, so why did Mark Papermaster got ousted? Sarcasm apart, someone had to take the heat for this.

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  • Sk@tta

    Why are u confused Sabastien when its obvious that there is an antenna issue but apple is just covering it up. If there was no problem with the antenna then the guy wudnt have gotten fired.

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Sebastien

      @Sk@tta Of course there is a problem with the antenna. I was being sarcastic.

  • ghettocowboy

    Papermaster caused Apple to lose $2 per iPhone 4 since they have to give out free bumpers

  • Joe

    Hahahahahahahahaha. He got canned because his salary = cost of 3 million bumpers. This way apple doesn’t lose money.

    • Z

      Lol good one!

  • http://bl0ndebuddhist.wordpress.com Ethan

    Whether Apple admits it or not, this is another way of showing its users that they “did something”. People like to see a head on a stick.

  • Old Gold

    This whole incident has become much more of a PR nightmare than Appme had ever imagined. Of course he was fired, Golden Parachute intact no doubt. But someone had to take the fall, damn sure wasn’t going to be Jobs.

  • Tina

    With that name I would never have hired him.

  • http://postfreelance.com postfreelance

    So who gets fired for letting a PDF file jailbreak their 4th generation iOS software, and it’s backwards compatible to every important iDevice they produce… Doooah that guy is nervious I bet??

  • Old Gold

    I’m sure some other exec will quietly “resign” for all the latest jail breaking exploits.

  • ghettocowboy

    @ Old Gold

    Or will finger pointing at Adobe’s since it was a PDF exploit ;)

  • Elbert Jones

    @ghettocowboy

    Very true, Apple has threw the mobile phone makers under the bus due to antenna gate, nothing like adding one more tech company to the list. And its not like they are actually pals with Adobe anyway due to the whole flash ordeal.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jpatdavid jpatdavid

    they lose alot of money on those bumpers thats why

  • Nick

    I don’t think bumpers would cost $2
    since they gave out millions.

  • Old Gold

    The per unit manufacturing cost for those plastic bumpers is likely less than .25 cents each. Mass produced in China, the cost to ship them to every owner is more likely to be a bigger impact to Apples bottom line. The one I received was shipped to me directly from a warehouse in TN, so using normal USPS delivery still was only the cost of 1st class postage. The labor involved with packaging them up is where the real money comes into the picture.

  • zholy

    Not surprised. I was on the fence as to whether I should replace my old iPhone with a new iPhone 4G or Xperia X10 Android device, and when I saw this, and how far behind apple still is, I went the X10 and Android and never looked back. Its a shame that apple fans will continue to pay for phones that have specs that would maybe impress people 3-4 years ago. Buy an Android device and never look back.