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Papermaster's exit blamed on row with Jobs, Apple culture

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Sun August 8, 2010

Papermaster said to have lost Jobs' favor

Senior VP Mark Papermaster's abrupt departure from Apple may have stemmed from personal disagreement with CEO Steve Jobs, contacts claimed Sunday night [sub. required]. The executive reportedly lost Jobs' confidence "months ago" and hadn't been influential for awhile. He allegedly neither had the creativity nor the sheer attention to detail expected to survive in the culture of Apple's higher-ups.

The since-departed executive may have been placed off-guard by the timing of his arrival, the WSJ tipsters said. With a liver transplant keeping Jobs away from work for the first half of 2009, he wasn't as prepared as others for Jobs' reassumption of more direct control later on. Papermaster had come from a relatively traditional firm such as IBM.

In spite of the seeming ill fit, the sources blamed Jobs, and not Papermaster, for letting the iPhone 4 design go ahead knowing the risks. He greenlit the program as much as a year ago, the insiders explained. Claims earlier on Sunday had said the problem was known as early as two years ago, but this might not necessarily been apparent to Jobs until later.

Jobs has denied theories that he had ignored warnings and, at the July 16 event, referred to one accusation as a "total crock." Apple has made a public show of the extent of its testing, going so far as to give the media a rare lab tour to show much it accounts for real-world conditions. The antenna issues with the iPhone 4 have done little to curb sales, although Apple has had to take a significant expense to subsidize free cases for those affected by the signal drops.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "significant expense to subsidize free cases"

    "Well bo f#$ucking hoo!" You make a flawed product with a known problem. You took the gamble and you lost! Tough s*** Apple.

  1. FreeRange

    Joined: Dec 1969


    halfwits abound on the internet

    hey "ilovestevejobs" - have you been a moron all your life? The design is NOT flawed, like any mobile phone, depending on how you hold it, you can get a degraded signal. For the new iPhone that means don't touch the phone in an area that is only 1/16th of an inch - 1/16th!!!!!! Can you grasp that concept? How frk'n had do you think that is to do. It is the moronic media and idiots like yourself who have blown this non-issue into something it's not. In fact, the overwhelming MAJORITY of users say they are getting BETTER reception with the new antenna design. So FK off.... and grow-up while you're at it.

  1. chas_m




    This article sounds like a lot of rationalising to me ... things are rarely so b&w, and the thrust of it is trying to tell me that Papermaster *didn't know* who he was working for. Puh-lease.

    And yes, "ilovestevejobs" is a troll. Ignore him -- the rest of us do.

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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: FreeRange

    Iphone 4 is flawed. Get over it >:))

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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: FreeRange

    Next thing you'll say is that "'Wrastling' is real" >:))

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ilovestevejobs

    People like ilovestevejobs are known to be:

    - cheap
    - unemployed or employed at close to unemployment rates for lack of qualifying skills
    - obviously ignorant
    - probably still breast feeds off his mommy

    The only thing thats FLAWED is your existence. Now go play elsewhere...

  1. dwishbone

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not only...

    ... do i not have reception issues i get signal in many places with my iPhone 4 where i didn't get a signal on my 3GS. doesn't sound much like an "antenna problem" to me.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    With Steve Jobs...

    As an Apple product user for years, I have come to treat Apple differently then I do other companies.

    Right now Apple is Steve and Steve is Apple. You take the good with the bad. I find it believable that Steve green lighted the antenna mainly because he loved the look and feel of it.

    I believe Apple will be fine and even thrive after Steve steps down someday. But until then, it's not Apple Inc., it's Steve Inc. And I am thankful for how Steve has created and changed the computer industry.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ igiveblowjobs

    move on pumpkin. you really really need to find another outlet. seriously, i'm concerned for your mental well being. let me know if i can help.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree and disagree. Yes, Steve is Apple and Apple is Steve. But I don't for a second believe he'd greenlight something that was flawed. He's been know the say "it just works" about many of Apple's products. In this case he'd more likely call the iPhone a piece of c***, and yell at the person responsible until he was blue in the face before releasing it to the public and the media wolves that love to chew on Apple bones and whatever other scraps they can find.

    This whole iSheep bit is so tiresome. I like Apple products, generally, and I have high expectations of them on quality and reliability and service. I tend to give them latitude when they get things wrong, but I expect them to address the problems. If you bought the iPhone, and are not happy with it, share your experience and return it. If you bought the iPhone and it performs as you hoped it would, share your experience and go merrily on your way.

    All those people who post on here about flawed this and flawed that, have you actually used the iPhone to criticize it objectively? Or are you one of those snot-nosed, attention seeking, emotionally retarded sods who can't cope without your righteous temper? Seriously, how will THAT help to fixe Apple products?

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