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罗伯特X.Cringely的最新专栏认为Apple将Tony Fadell替换为Mark Papermaster担任iPod和iPhone工程负责人:

所以这就是Tony Fadell正在发生的事情First, he was vulnerable as a charismatic leader in his own right who has been talked about in the press as a possible heir to JobsThat alone meant he had to die, but it wasn’t enough to mean that he had to die just nowThat decision required an external variable in the form of former IBM executive Mark Papermaster.

值得注意的是,Papermaster没有被聘请接受Fadell所持的完全相同的工作Papermaster的工作是法德尔的超集就在那里苹果于一周前发布的新闻稿- 法德尔的头衔是“iPod部门高级副总裁”,Papermaster的头衔是“设备硬件工程高级副总裁”PR描述了Papermaster的职责:

Apple today announced that Mark Papermaster is joining the Company as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve JobsPapermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM, will lead Apple’s iPod and iPhone hardware engineering teams.

托尼·法德尔(Tony Fadell)只监督iPod部门,并且与iPhone的关系很小据熟悉Apple工程管理的多位消息人士称,iPod Touch由iPhone团队制作,而不是由Fadell的iPod部门制作。Fadell监督的最新产品是新款iPod Nano。

So Fadell was never in any way in charge of the iPhone or iPod Touch; Papermaster’s job description indicates he will be directly responsible for all iPhone and iPod hardware engineering.

iPhone软件由Scott Forstall(iPhone软件高级副总裁)监督,技术层面为Bertrand Serlet(软件工程高级副总裁)硬件和软件与传统(预触摸)iPod之间没有这种划分我听到的故事是,在Apple的iPhone计划刚开始时,Apple内部就应该使用什么操作系统进行激烈辩论Forstall和Serlet推动使用OS X.法德尔(根据一位消息来源,前苹果高管史蒂夫萨科曼推动使用其他东西。1显然,Forstall和Serlet赢得了这场辩论,虽然听起来很夸张,但它可能被证明是该公司整个历史上最好的早期设计决策。现在似乎很难想象iPhone的其他任何方式,但一开始,OS X的精简版和改版版将适用于手机并不是一个定局。

所以我认为Cringely是正确的,基本的故事情节是史蒂夫乔布斯想雇用Papermaster,所以法德尔必须去,并且Fadell首先决定离开,然后Papermaster被选中接替他。2But Fadell’s ticket has probably been punched ever since the iPhone shipped and proved to be an enormous success.

毫无疑问,法德尔在苹果公司的任期本身取得了巨大的成功。他于2001年初来到苹果公司随着iPod的想法和一个综合的在线音乐商店来补充它,它成为消费电子历史上最大的点击之一iPod和iTunes重塑了音乐产业,并为Apple带来了大量现金但iPhone是新事物,而Fadell并未参与其开发库比蒂诺街上的这个词并不是说法德尔被推到了外面,但是他从未被提供像Papermaster这样的角色,包括所有Apple的手持硬件工程iPhone已经超越了苹果公司作为A团队的iPod,而Tony Fadell听起来并不像B团队那样。

Cringely对乔布斯的任何感觉都被Fadell所威胁,或者“乔布斯最终以这种方式背叛了他所有的直接报道”,这只是愚蠢Steve Jobs is not insecure; if he were, he’d have canned someone like Jonathan Ive long before putting the squeeze to Tony Fadell — Ive is far better-known than Fadell outside the company, and is far more popular inside.3对于苹果公司的规模和成功,相对稳定的公司它的执行团队很了不起。


  1. 11月13日更新2008年:本脚注的原文如下:

    None of the sources I spoke to knew what specifically Fadell had in mindBut the idea wasn’t that they would use some other OS to build the iPhone as we know it, but rather to build what would have been a very different iPhoneThe best guess is that Fadell was pushing for something more along the lines of an iPod that could make phone calls, and less along the lines of a new handheld computing platform.

    However, I now have a one-word answer from a knowledgeable source as to which OS Fadell wanted to use for the phone: Linux. ↩︎

  2. Cringely speculates that the “Senior VP, Devices Hardware Engineering” title is just a placeholder for Papermaster while Apple waits for his IBM non-compete to expire, at which point his true role at the company will be revealed to be leading the chip design team Apple acquired当他们买了PA Semi我毫不怀疑Papermaster在这个领域的专业知识和经验是苹果想雇用他的重要原因,但领导负责所有iPod和iPhone的硬件工程部门比领导芯片设计团队要大得多,声望更高。I don’t think there’s anything secret at all about Papermaster’s intended role at Apple. ↩︎

  3. One source put it to me this way: “Steve Jobs is a good jerk, Tony Fadell is a bad jerk.” ↩︎