As we well know, Tony Fadell, the former exec in charge of Apple's iPod division, has stepped down for personal reasons and Apple has hired Mark Papermaster, the PowerPC chip guru in IBM's hardware business.
We've been discussing the move and there are a few reasons for choosing someone from IBM to lead what is, in reality, an entertainment division. First, iPods are now essentially mini computers and devices like the iPhone and the Touch are running homegrown hardware - basically stripped down ARM chips made popular by PDAs from the turn of the century - and containing communications chips and flash memory for various suppliers.
Less than two years after leaving IBM to join Apple, Mark Papermaster has left his post as head of iPhone hardware. If you recall, IBM sued Papermaster in an attempt to keep him from joining Apple and divulging trade secrets, which ... Read Post
In November 2008 Apple hired IBM’s Mark Papermaster to beÂ Apple’s Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering replacing Tony FadellÂ as head ofÂ Apple’sÂ iPod and iPhone divisions. A court deal later forcedÂ Papermaster t... Read Post