iPhone Executive Leaves Apple

The Apple executive who oversaw the development of the iPhone 4 has resigned only a few weeks after the “antennagate” issue hit.

The BBC reports that Mark Papermaster had been head of Apple's iPhone and iPod engineering department since 2009.

Whether Papermaster’s departure is voluntary has not been confirmed by the company, but reports speculate that he is paying the price for the iPhone 4's antenna fault.

Apple has confirmed Papermaster’s departure and removed his details from the website.

Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, has been chosen to succeed him, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Papermaster had worked with International Business Machine (IBM) for 25 years before joining Apple in 2008, although he did not begin work for the company until 2009 as IBM had filed a lawsuit alleging that, by joining Apple, Papermaster was breaching the terms of his IBM contract.

Apple had stated that Papermaster possessed "strong general engineering skills, is an outstanding leader, and because we believe he will be a good cultural match at Apple", at the time he was hired.