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Apple Fires Head Of iPhone 4 Development Over Quality Issues

Posted in Apple, iPhone, News on 31/08/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Even though the iPhone 4 was certainly a successful release for Apple, a new report from iPhone Alley suggests that Apple was more focused on the iPad at the time, and the quality of the iPhone 4 suffered as a result. The head of iPhone 4 development has reportedly been fired.

According to the report, the development of the iPhone 4 was not done in-house at Apple, but instead was hired out to an outside source. Additionally, the report claims that problems with the iPhone 4, such as the antenna problem, were quality issues caused by inappropriate development, research and testing.

The report also says that iPhone 5 development is being kept within Apple, and that the iPhone 5 is being led by a group of individuals rather than a single individual.

This report is unverified, and iPhone Alley does not have a proven track record for provide accurate information from within Apple, so this report should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism.



  • http://twitter.com/imbenking Ben King

    Im not sure how of that I believe. I very much doubt the development of the iPhone was outsourced AND that it was down to one individual…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510148852 Paris Charilaou

    i see some industrial sabotage going on here… trying to create a black halo over Apple’s reputation on quality a month just before the iPHONE 5. And a few days after samsung’s teaser video.

  • http://twitter.com/kurtisharms Kurtis Harms

    This does not sound in line with Apple’s development process – after all, Apple IS only composed of developers/support personnel. If this was a case of a manufacturer change due to poor quality control, I could maybe understand that. Otherwise, this report smacks of poor quality control in reporting “news.”

J. Glenn Künzler

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.