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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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Quitting?
By Spivonious on 11/4/2008 3:05:09 PM , Rating: 5
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He will remain on as a personal adviser to CEO Steve Jobs.


Doesn't sound like quitting to me.




RE: Quitting?
By Shadowself on 11/4/2008 4:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. The headline is wrong .

He's changing positions. He's not a line manager any more. He's a direct adviser to the CEO.

The new ex-IBM guy will focus a bit more on bringing performance to the handheld lines. I have been amazed at the number of times I've seen that stupid Apple spinning icon on people's iPhones. It happens much, much too often.

I'm sure Apple wants to bring Flash, H.264, Java, etc. to the iPhone and iPod Touch. However, these things need much more horsepower than the iPhone currently has available (after dedicating so much to that fancy interface and other cpu cycle hogs). New chips using the Powerficient team's capabilities and this new guy's leadership *might* just get Apple there. Only time will tell.


RE: Quitting?
By akugami on 11/4/2008 5:23:47 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if nothing else his wife seems to be truly quitting. She'll probably be the at home mom while he continues working but probably in a new job capacity that allows him more time to devote to his kids.

But yeah, basically moving from a line personnel to staff personnel. In fact, he'll probably have input on new devices as one of Emperor Steve's Royal Guardsmen.


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