Well,itlookslikeMarkPapermasterisgoingtoworkforAppleanyway。

AfterApplefirstannouncedthattheyhiredthe26-yearcompanyveteran,IBMinstantlyprotested。

TheprotestcameinaformofalawsuitagainstPapermasterandApple。

IBMcontestedthatPapermasterwasunderanon-disclosureagreementandthatifApplehiredhim,hecouldspillsomeindustrysecretstoApple。

FortunatelyforApple,theissuewithIBMhasbeenresolvedandPapermasterwillbeheadingtheiPodandiPhonedepartmentstartinginApril。

CUPERTINO,CaliforniaJanuary27,2009AppletodayannouncedthatMarkPapermasterwillbecomingtoAppleasseniorvicepresidentofDevicesHardwareEngineering,reportingtoAppleCEOSteveJobs,onApril24。

Papermaster,whocomestoApplefromIBM,willleadApplesiPodandiPhonehardwareengineeringteams。

ThelitigationbetweenIBMandMarkPapermasterhasbeenresolved。

[Apple]

Termsoftheresolutionhavenotbeendisclosed。

Therearetwopossibilitiesfortheresolution。

First,ApplecouldhavejustpaidoffIBMwithcashoranex-dealorsecond,theNDAwasproventobeinvalid。

Nevertheless,Appleisgettingtheirpick。

Papermasterhas25yearsofproductandtechnologyexperience,andwaspreviouslyavicepresidentatIBM。

HehasaBachelorofSciencedegreeinElectricalEngineeringfromtheUniversityofTexas,andaMasterofScienceinElectricalEngineeringfromtheUniversityofVermontin1988。