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Apple's VP of the iPod Division and iPod inventor Tony Fadell (the one with the red 'X') is out, to be replaced with former IBM top gun Mark Papermaster. IBM is suing Apple over the acquisition. Fadell isn't free from Apple quite yet -- he will stay on as iPhone inventor (yes) and Apple CEO Steve Jobs' personal assistant.  (Source: Engadget/Apple)
Apple will hang onto executive for "consulting" for a bit longer, still helmed by a familiar face

There's been a major shift of management at Apple.  Tony Fadell, Apple’s senior vice president of the iPod Division, the man credited with envisioning the iPod in the first place, is quitting his job after a wildly successful run of around 7 years.  He will remain on as a personal adviser to CEO Steve Jobs.

Mr. Fadell's wife, Danielle Lambert, is a vice president of Human Resources at Apple and also announced her departure.  She will be leaving at the end of the year.  The pair is cited by Apple as leaving their positions to "devote more time to their young family."

The move comes at a critical crossroads for Apple's iPod.  Nonetheless, the next generation devices such as the iPod touch and iPod nano regularly outsell their closest competitors by broad margins.

Mark Papermaster will replace Mr. Fadell and lead the iPod and iPhone teams, reporting directly to Mr. Jobs.  Mr. Papermaster was recruited to Apple after 25 years with IBM, serving much of his time with the company as a Vice President.  In a soap-operaesque twist, IBM is suing Apple for the acquisition, which it claims was illegal due to a breach of a non-compete agreement.  Apple, however, did not hesitate to appoint Mr. Papermaster to one of its most critical posts.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO was pleased with the news, stating, "Mark is a seasoned leader and is going to be an excellent addition to our senior management team.  Tony and Dani have each made important contributions to Apple over the past eight years. We’re sorry to see Dani go, and are looking forward to working with Tony in his new capacity."

While experience obviously trumps education in roles such as these, Apple was quick to point to Mr. Papermaster's academic credentials.  He completed a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1988.  He is also cited by Apple to be active with the University of Texas where he is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Council.

Of course, while Apple may be losing the “father” of the iPod in some capacity, it still has the inventor of the iPhone at its helm -- that's right, Steven P. Jobs.  According to the top of Apple's excruciatingly long 371-page patent opus covering the iPhone's user interface, Mr. Jobs was the first inventor to be cited (of 5 individuals).

Now perhaps if Mr. Papermaster and his team can invent a way to convince the iPhone's eccentric inventor to loosen up and allow some of the much requested, and long denied features customers have begged for on the iPhone, to go with some slick new iPods, the good times may be rolling once again.

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Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/2008 3:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
The previous article (as linked) appears to be nothing so much as an advert (cleverly disguised as an Apple article) to promote themselves.

Apple has already publicly commented on copy/paste as a low priority, verifying it is indeed a priority.

As an iPhone owner I would rather have, ahead of copy and paste, A2DP support, MMS support, tethering support, remote Mac support, file storage, and iDisk support.

Apple probably has thousands of iPhone features in the queue , and not enough engineers to implement them. I mean, this is a company 1/5 the size of Microsoft.

Yeah, yeah, mark me down, I know, stupid Apple apologist right?

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Odysseus145 on 11/4/2008 3:25:55 PM , Rating: 5
Why didn't you just buy something that had those features?

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Gzus666 on 11/4/2008 3:41:49 PM , Rating: 4
Cause then he couldn't get the hip new fashion item from Apple. Jobba the Steve loves his sheep.

By MrBlastman on 11/4/2008 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's upset that the IBM guy comes with some DRM...

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/2008 4:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that and I got it as a gift :)

I was going to get myself the 3G version, but how could I turn down a free Edge iPhone?

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Motoman on 11/4/2008 3:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
...that would require independent thought. Not a trait common to iSheep.

<in all honesty, no offense meant to OP...but I can't help myself>

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By drebo on 11/4/2008 3:51:22 PM , Rating: 3 HTC Mogul has all of those features, as well as a tactile querty keyboard.

By robinthakur on 11/5/2008 4:59:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yes and all sadly held back by an awful OS which most people now see as irrelevant outside the niche of the IT industry. Enjoy your 'Mogul'. Literally. The greatness of the iPhone is to overcome the fact that its missing what, to some, are pretty critical features. You know you've hit gold when even interacting with the phone brings a smile to your face. The idea that OMG "I'm a .net programmer and I'm using an Apple how crazy" is just foolish blindness to progress and loyalty to brands above anything else. Even the Microsoft people you talk to, say the iPhone is revolutionary. When you ask how they are planning to beef up Wimo, they point to integrating Zune features with it. Hmmmm. Out of ideas much? If nothing else, the iPhone has imbued the cellphone industry with some welcome long overdue progress and competition.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/08, Rating: 0
RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By piroroadkill on 11/4/2008 4:08:50 PM , Rating: 5
I don't think you know what literally means

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/2008 4:50:58 PM , Rating: 1
I don't think you know what gravy means. From Merriam Webster's online:
"something additional or unexpected that is pleasing or valuable"

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By spwatkins on 11/4/2008 5:03:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you know what "literally gravy" means. Figuratively, your definition applies, but the "literal" definition is "the fat and juices that drip from cooking meat, often thickened, seasoned, flavored, etc., and used as a sauce for meat, potatoes, rice, etc." And now I believe that we have sucked all the fat and juice out of the original joke.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/08, Rating: -1
By anotherdude on 11/4/2008 10:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
from Merriam Webster:

"usage Since some people take sense 2 to be the opposite of sense 1, it has been frequently criticized as a misuse. Instead, the use is pure hyperbole intended to gain emphasis, but it often appears in contexts where no additional emphasis is necessary."

'Often appears in context where no emphasis was needed' - such as your post, which still makes it a misuse.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Gzus666 on 11/4/2008 5:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
HAHAHA, you clearly should be using Apple products. Duh, I don't get what literally means.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/08, Rating: 0
RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Gzus666 on 11/4/2008 5:31:40 PM , Rating: 2

Odd how the definition for literally literally contradicts itself. Check the meaning of literal and that silly definition isn't there. Nothing like internet dictionaries to give you a good laugh. The "ly" doesn't suddenly change it's definition, they are just turning the normal dictionary into a slang book. What next, yes can also mean no or maybe?

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/2008 5:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
You mean you would value a web dictionary's definition of the term over Merriam Webster's, which dates the word "literally" to 1533, making the use to be older than the United States?

It's not odd how the word "literally" might contradict itself. That's why it takes a little intelligence to actually understand English because English is literally broken, being an amalgamation of several different languages, cultures, and reinventions.

It's not like I'm making this up. The usage is also supported in the Oxford dictionary, which just means you're ignorant of the informal use of the English language.

Even YOUR citations,, includes this definition of literally:
In effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.

So every reference (Oxford, Merriam Webster, and Dictionary) supports my use of the term "literally".

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Gzus666 on 11/4/2008 5:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
Understood, that is why I'm saying it is a joke. If your definition contradicts itself, then it can't be right. Literal, as you can see, doesn't share that definition even though it is the root of the word literally. I gave Merriam Webster I gave the other dictionary.

Even better, read the antonym. Most heavy English nuts complain about American dictionaries and I see why. The date you give is the origin date of the word, not of the definitions they give. They only started publishing in the mid 1800s.

The definition points to those words, which contradict each other in the same definition. Use the word properly and move on.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By Reclaimer77 on 11/4/2008 6:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Michael you bought into the style > function hype. So why complain about it now ?

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/4/2008 6:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
When did I complain?

I simply said I would want several other things ahead of copy and paste, and that I already like the iPhone for what it already does.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By thartist on 11/4/2008 8:14:37 PM , Rating: 3
"I mean, this is a company 1/5 the size of Microsoft."

Do you need to be 5/5 the size of Microsoft to implement copy paste? lol!

Don't bother answering.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By michael2k on 11/5/2008 11:09:19 AM , Rating: 2
Um, if Apple were indeed 5x bigger, they could potentially release 5x as many changes/features. As it is they are constrained to "borrowing" OS engineers from Mac OS X to work on the iPhone, and probably the same engineers working on the AppleTV and patching the previously released OS Xes.

As I said, copy and paste is actually only a minor feature (for me). I would rather get MMS than copy and paste, if there were one engineer available to implement either.

RE: Free advertising for FullSix?
By omnicronx on 11/10/2008 12:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
How much do you want to bet that Apples iPhone division rivals Microsoft's Windows Mobile division. You can't just say that because the company is 1/5th the size that they both distribute their workers exactly the same. It seems to me there must be a reason other than 'we have other priorities' that they have not added the copy/paste feature, my guess is it has to do with program isolation. I am guessing that programs will need a higher level access to the OS in order to make the copy/paste feature effective, which could be a lengthy process as security measures would have to be put in place.

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