Mark Papermaster Litigation Done -- to Head up iPhone, iPod Hardware April 24

The long-running dispute between Apple and IBM over Apple's hire of Mark Papermaster has come to a close, according to Apple PR:

Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24. Papermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM, will lead Apple’s iPod® and iPhone™ hardware engineering teams. The litigation between IBM and Mark Papermaster has been resolved

The move comes fully two months after a judge blocked Apple from going through with the Papermaster hire and although exactly how the "litigation [...] has been resolved" isn't something that Apple is likely to disclose, TechCrunch reports that it was an out-of-course settlement rather than a "California doesn't allow for non-compete agreements" barfight.

Papermaster will take the helm of iPhone and iPod hardware, replacing Tony Fadell (who was rumored to have pushed for Linux to be the basis for the iPhone).  Odd that he's going to have to wait until April 24th to take charge, but we suspect that won't slow things down too much on hardware development.  Got any advice for Papermaster?  Would you like to seem him shephard in that iPhone HD? Think he'll push for Quad-Core goodness?

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Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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Mark Papermaster Litigation Done -- to Head up iPhone, iPod Hardware April 24

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Does that mean "Mr. NO" will be out of the loop entirely for a while?
With Jobs and Fadell gone (at least for a while) is it possible we can get some of the long promised and missing features on the iphone and perhaps some freedom to use it as we would like rather than as Mr No dictates?
More to the point, what is all this nonsense about an iPhone HD? Who needs HD on a device with a three inch screen?
Wouldn't you rather Apple spend their time and money on reliability? How bout making the phone portion of this device WORK when the OS fails? How about giving us the ability to use the harware as it was designed? Enable Video! Enable MMS. Where's my freakin cut and paste?

making the phone hd as nothing to do with all those things u listed.... there are tons of phones out that have better resolution then the current iphone 3g....not saying i dont agree with you on what apple should fix for the next iphone that comes out... but i can guarantee u that the new iphone has a better resolution then the current one

... and the fact that you even mention the Mac indicates you knew damn well what definition... or was that you just being pretentious? :roll:

@russ: Icebike knew what the term PC meant in my post because he felt it necessary to point out a Mac being a personal computer. Why woud he or she assume I meant PC as anything other than a Mac? What made he (or she) think I wasn't referring to a Mac in the first place? ANSWER: pompousness.
When one is asked if one likes animals does one respond with "Define animals. Humans are animals?" If one does, then one must be a real drag to be around. If one doesn't, then perhaps one is not as bright (or as consistent) as one thinks he or she is. :roll:
Oh, and I almost forgot... "haha!"