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The man who predicted Antennagate is no longer at Apple



Apple's snake a few public embarrassments in recent years – AirPower, the MacBook's unreliable butterfly keyboard, and the iPhone slowdown saga come to mind – but it was a minute since the original tech scandal of "Antennagate," when the iPhone 4 snake and tendency to drop calls if you held it in certain ways.

Today, The Information is reporting (and AppleInsider is corroborating) that Apple VP of engineering and wireless specialist Rubén Caballero has left the company, which is not for a couple of reasons.

First, The Information Apple's in-house 5G modem efforts – because yes, it seems Apple is trying to design its own 5G modem to compete with Qualcomm. We can’t read too much to his departure because 5G is ridiculously messy right now and Apple's at the eye of the storm, there was a number of reasons for him to get pushed out.

According to Reuters, he has actually lost his leadership role in January when Apple moved his modem efforts in-house, months before the Apple-Qualcomm settlement that saw Intel lose its chance at the first 5G iPhone. And in February, Apple reported poached and 5G leader from Intel as well.

But second, Caballero happens to be the same expert who reported warned Steve Jobs that iPhone 4's antenna design might be prone to dropping calls, and he was apparently rising up the ranks since then. His LinkedIn page states he was at the company for over 14 years, and 2018 profile at CNET en Español Suggests he and his team have touched every wireless element of every Apple device since.


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