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Papermaster’s Cultural Incompatibility ➝

The always well-informed Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ian Sherr, reporting for the Wall Street Journal:

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, where even senior executives are expected to keep on top of the smallest details of their areas of responsibility and often have to handle many tasks directly, as opposed to delegating them.

Well, that explains it nicely. Papermaster failed with the iPhone 4 antenna but that wasn’t the only reason he got canned, just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Papermaster’s Failings ➝

John Gruber analyzing Apple’s iPhone 4 promotional video:

But it was Mansfield, not Papermaster, who appears in Apple’s six-minute iPhone 4 promotional video — and that video was shot weeks (months?) before the iPhone 4 was unveiled. The other executives who appear in the video: Jonny Ive, Greg Joswiak, and Scott Forstall. Mansfield talks about the Retina Display, the advantages of its higher resolution, and the engineering behind it. Then at the end, Mansfield comes back to talk about the A4 system-on-a-chip — literally Papermaster’s area of expertise.

John Gruber also points out that Mark Papermaster is likely the person responsible for the whole white iPhone ordeal.

But, it’s not just the iPhone that has had hardware issues on Papermaster’s watch, the iPod touch that was announced at last September iPod event was announced with the much-rumored camera mysteriously missing. All signs pointed to that iPod touch having a camera but it didn’t happen. It’s hard to tell if Papermaster was to blame but it seems likely to me.

Mark Papermaster Leaves Apple ➝

Miguel Helft, reporting for the New York Times:.

Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the company’s flagship iPhone, has left the company in the wake of widely reported problems with the antenna of the recently introduced iPhone 4.

It is not clear if Mr. Papermaster was ousted or left on his own accord.

The word on the street is that he was fired. Not surprisingly, senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, Bob Mansfield, will be taking over his responsibilities.