Less than two years after leaving IBM to join Apple, Mark Papermaster has left his post as head of iPhone hardware. If you recall, IBM sued Papermaster in an attempt to keep him from joining Apple and divulging trade secrets, which was later settled after Papermaster testified in court that he partook in no such nonsense.
A source close to the situation that shared information with the NYT on the condition of anonymity, said Papermaster was forced to leave because of the iPhone 4 antenna debacle. Neither Apple nor Papermaster commented as to why he left or was forced out of Cupertino.
Bob Mansfield, SVP of Mac hardware engineering, will take over Papermaster’s post, says Apple.