Mark Papermaster Leaves Apple

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The man who created the iPhone 4 has left Apple, the New York Times reports. Mark Papermaster, who once served as IBM’s top microprocessor executive, was hired by Jobs in November 2008 as Apple’s head of iPod and iPhone division.

The Times reports that it’s not known if the iPhone antenna problem had anything to do with his departure or whether Papermaster resigned or was terminated. When reached on his phone, the Times says that he declined to comment.

His hiring led to IBM suing Papermaster in federal court as they tried to keep him from joining Apple. It seemed that IBM’s concern was that he held trade secrets, as the parties settled after Papermaster testified in court that no such trade secrets had been revealed.

[via New York Times]

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