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THE MAN IN CHARGE of iPhone engineering has left Apple weeks after the ‘Antennagate’ controversy broke. The company has not provide a reason behind Mark Papermaster’s departure, but confirmed yesterday that he and the company had parted ways.

Issues surrounding the iPhone 4′s reception quality emerged just days after the device was launched in June. When questioned about it, Apple CEO Steve Jobs suggested people should hold the device differently, before later announcing customers would be given free covers to prevent the problem.

Papermaster left IBM to work for Apple in 2008, prompting IBM to sue him for breach of contract. The company said he had a greed not to work for a competitor for 12 months after his departure. A court initially barred him from working for Apple, but the case was resolved within six months and he began working for Apple in April 2009.

The latest iPhone model continues to cause trouble for Apple. The company is having problems producing the white version of the device, which will now not be available until later this year. Gizmodo recently reported that iPhones are susceptible to hackers who can take control of the device remotely.

GAINS have been seen on world markets as a result of better-than-expected earnings from Apple.

Revenues rose 88% in the third quarter up to June 26 to $15.7bn and the company saw a 78% jump in profits yesterday. The results show income jumping to $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per share, from $1.8 billion, or $2.01 per share a year ago. Shares for Apple are up 5% as a result.

According to Business Insider iPad, Mac, and iPod shipments were all stronger than expected: Apple shipped 3.27 million iPads, 3.47 million Macs, and 9.4 million iPods during the June quarter.

Reacting to the results Steve Jobs said “it was a phenomenal quarter that exceeded our expectations all around, including the most successful product launch in Apple’s history with iPhone 4,” said Apple’s CEO. “iPad is off to a terrific start, more people are buying Macs than ever before, and we have amazing new products still to come this year.”

This good news comes despite reports of antenna problems with the iPhone 4. Bloggers however are said to be positive about Jobs recent conference on the phones problems.

JONATHAN MANN has become an unlikely internet sensation after Steve Jobs played a song he uploaded to YouTube in advance of his Antennagate press conference yesterday.

Mann – who writes, records and uploads a song to YouTube every day – had his ditty played by Jobs before the press conference, with the Apple CEO saying he saw the video and “wanted to share it.”

Mann – an Apple enthusiast – has posted a video explaining who he is to his legions of new viewers:

Mann says the response from Apple left him in “complete excitement and disbelief – I woke up and had an email from a dude from Apple saying, ‘Hey, we want to use your video.’ It was way beyond my expectations.”

Whatever about the quality of the song, we’re sure there are worse ways to get famous than to have Steve Jobs plug you to the world.

APPLE CEO Steve Jobs has revealed his company’s solution to the so-called “death grip” problem besieging  the iPhone 4.

Recall? Refund? Rejig?

Nope: Free plastic cases.

Addressing customers who have experienced connection problems with their shiny new iPhones, Jobs soberly reminded everyone present that “phones aren’t perfect.”

He demonstrated his point through a video demonstration featuring various smartphones, including a BlackBerry, that lost signal if held in certain ways.

The iPhone 4 has come under fire from consumers after it emerged that connection suffered when the phone was held in particular ways. Respected site Consumer Reports said that it would not recommend the iPhone 4 because of the problem.

Apple’s new policy is to provide all customers with a free bumper case, which Jobs said eliminates the problem. Anyone who had already purchased one will receive $29 refund.

If customers are still unhappy with the service, they will be able to return the phone within 30 days to receive a full refund.

Its seems that some Apple customers were never bothered by the connection problem and Jobs played one such fan’s song, penned in defence of the iPhone 4, just before hitting the stage.