Apple exec departs after "Antennagate"

Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of iPhone engineering, has left the organization weeks after the "Antennagate" controversy over reports of poor reception on the latest iPhone.

Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of iPhone engineering, has left the organization weeks after the “Antennagate” controversy over reports of poor reception on the latest iPhone.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed Papermaster's exit and announced Bob Mansfield will assume his responsibilities. Dowling declined to provide a reason for Papermaster's departure.

The iPhone 4 was released in June, but reports of poor reception and dropped calls spread shortly after its debut. The issue quickly became a publicity crisis, but during a subsequent press conference, CEO Steve Jobs maintained there was nothing wrong with the iPhone 4.

Papermaster did not attend the aforementioned press conference.

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