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Why Bob Mansfield Was Cut From Apple's Executive Team 100

colinneagle writes "AllThingsD reported that Bob Mansfield, Apple's Senior Vice President of Technologies, has disappeared from the executive management team at Apple. But it was only last October when Mansfield was widely reported to have been convinced to return from retirement by Apple CEO Tim Cook for a two-year stint. His return to the company may have been cut short on account of Apple's continued reliance on Samsung for its mobile SOC processors, for which Apple paid an estimated $10 billion to Samsung last year. Mansfield's group was to have played a major role in this, and apparently it has not been able effect this change."
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Why Bob Mansfield Was Cut From Apple's Executive Team

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  • by RetiredMidn ( 441788 ) on Monday July 29, 2013 @01:05PM (#44413937) Homepage

    Mansfield tried to retire in 2012. It's just possible he wanted out again and Tim Cook asked him to stick around and lend his expertise without the management responsibilities. It's the perfect semi-retirement: get rid of the tedious part of the job, work on the fun stuff, and continue to get compensated. I'd jump at an offer like that. Get removed from the management bio page? pfft.

  • by Tamran ( 1424955 ) on Monday July 29, 2013 @01:05PM (#44413947)

    ... perhaps the lawsuit wasn't such a great idea? I believe it's likely the case that Apple needs Samsung. Also, the billion dollar lawsuit is like a tube of toothpaste in this scenario. Meaning that you squish one end only expands the other end (i.e. squishing does not change the volume if the cap is on).

  • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Monday July 29, 2013 @01:11PM (#44414039) Homepage Journal

    Talking about who's who at large corporations, and the monetary details of their jobs. I get that it matters, it just bores the hell out of me.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Talking about who's who at large corporations, and the monetary details of their jobs. I get that it matters, it just bores the hell out of me.

      Apparently it piques your interest enough to get you to post...

      • Yes, no one is allowed to register their disinterest in anything ever. That only serves to demonstrate their interest, right?

    • AllThingsD turned into AllThingsA quite some time ago.

    • by Raenex ( 947668 )

      I've got his trading card, you insensitive clod.

    • Businesses can either be agents of bringing innovation to society and driving it forward technologically, or they can oppose it, and that depends a great deal on who is in charge.

      What's boring about this story is background. Was Mansfield one of the guys who was more interested in lawsuits and making money, or was he one of the tech executives who was busy pushing things forward? I could look it up I suppose.
  • Other information (Score:5, Informative)

    by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Monday July 29, 2013 @01:12PM (#44414053)
    Some news [] sites that Mansfield is working on special projects. That could mean iTV, iWatch, iRealityDistortionField, whatever.
  • by dogsbreath ( 730413 ) on Monday July 29, 2013 @01:16PM (#44414093)

    In the summary, 'affect this change' [grrrrrr] should be 'effect this change'. It could have read 'affect the situation'.

    Oh the humanity: I'm having flashbacks of my grade 8 grammar teacher thrashing us mercilessly for just such an offense. Twas eons ago and most of my grammar synapses have degenerated to dust but the affect/effect thingy persists.

    I whimper.


    • Indeed. Makes one's beard verily bristle...

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Whimper some more, because you are 100% incorrect -- that's right, you've got it exactly backwards. It should be "affect this change." "Effect" is a noun. Your grammar teacher is spinning in his/her grave.

      • No guts, eh? Won't log in. What a putz.

        'effect' may be used as a noun or as a verb.

        From although a more detailed listing may be found in the OED:

        verb (used with object)
        10. to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen: The new machines finally effected the transition to computerized accounting last spring.

        Thus 'effect this change' is correct and in this case 'affect this change' is wrong. (changing the change, which BTW did not happen)

        Go directly to grammer jail. Do not

      • by NatasRevol ( 731260 ) on Monday July 29, 2013 @02:05PM (#44414733) Journal

        LOL. No.

        You can affect a change - ie make a change to the change

        You can effect a change - ie make the change happen.

      • This is what I was thinking. I predict an afternoon with grammar girl now.
        • Too funny actually. I thought I would get modded for trolling but this be /.

          Comments galore for a trivial grammar post but a score 5 insightful on a security thread merits no discussion.

          's ok. Tis only the human condition to take small things to heart and let the large objects pass by. Need budget approval for $100K server capital; no problem. Need a $15 screwdriver kit from Canadian Tire to put the beasts in the rack? That requires a business case.


          • You're maybe overstating your case. Perhaps the security post is too obvious to start a discussion... where this particular use of 'effect' seems to be a counter-intuative exception (that caused rage when I asked around about it at work) that's worth further discussion.
    • by imikem ( 767509 )

      But in the town it was well known that when he got home at night his fat and psychopathic wife would thrash him, within inches of his life...

    • by tsotha ( 720379 )
      People working professionally as editors shouldn't be making this mistake.
  • i mean all the problems that nvidia has had with them over the years have all been solved

    i'm not an expert, but over the years i've read enough to know that you can't just switch to a new fab at a whim. they all use slightly different methods to make CPU's and these are also dependent on the tools you use to design the chip. A few years back AMD had the same problems for months or years because some chip they designed wasn't compatible with the process at the Global Foundries or wherever they tried to make

    • by nerdbert ( 71656 )

      No, it's not TSMC. They're the 1000-lb gorilla of the fabless industry and actually folks like Global Foundries will set up lines that try to copy TSMC's to steal business from them. I've got several products running in both TSMC and Global Foundries now that were designed for TSMC and sent to a GF line and in general for a huge SoC with a lot of mixed analog and digital content I've had relatively few issues (out in the 6-sigma range) with them. In general, the "issues" you're talking about with TSMC are w

  • Effect (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    and apparently it has not been able affect this change.

    Effect dammit. There was no change to possibly be affected because there was no change done!

    *grumble* grammarless *grumble* get off my lawn

    • "to effect" damnit.

      ...not been able affect this change...


    • Technically, it is a perfectly correct sentence grammatically speaking. It's a subject, a verb, and an object. The meaning of the sentence is not what the writer intended, but that is a semantic issue....
  • Wow, just wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RedBear ( 207369 ) <redbear@redb e a r n e t .com> on Monday July 29, 2013 @01:29PM (#44414259) Homepage

    How the hell this qualifies as any kind of news is beyond me. This appears to be someone's tech blog where he's basically just talking out of his ass and pulling suppositions out of thin air, about something that just happened like 24 hours ago. Suppositions which by the way are not confirmed by the only further piece of information we have, which is the statement from Apple that Mansfield will be working on special projects. He was already announced to be retiring last year and was convinced to stay on a temporary basis. Why on earth would Apple hold one executive responsible for the failure of a third-party company to effectively compete with Samsung in making chips? It's just--I can't--what?

    This article is full of all kinds of fail. How about we wait a couple of days until someone actually has some factual news to report? Why the fuck is everybody and his brother jumping all over this guy all of the sudden? I expect this sort of thing from Mac _RUMORS_, but here? What the hell, Slashdot?

    • How the hell this qualifies as any kind of news is beyond me.

      The Slashdot editors were slipping behind in their "posts mentioning Apple" quotas.

  • “Oh, so I’m not allowed to mention the fact that he messily devoured a live salmon during a staff meeting?” []

  • its just a manager, not like they did anything important

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.