The man who predicted Antennagate is no longer at Apple

Apple had some public problems in recent years: AirPower, the MacBook's unreliable butterfly keyboard and the iPhone's deceleration saga come to mind, but it's been a minute since the original "Antennagate" tech scandal when the iPhone 4 I had a tendency to drop calls if I held her in certain ways.

Today, The Information reports (and AppleInsider is corroborating) that Apple's vice president of wireless engineering and technology, Ruben Caballero, left the company, which is remarkable for a couple of reasons.

First, The Information reports that it was the driving force behind the efforts of Apple's internal 5G modem, because yes, it seems that Apple is trying to design its own 5G modem to compete with Qualcomm. We can not read too much about his departure because 5G is ridiculously messy right now and Apple is in the eye of the storm, so there could be several reasons for him to get kicked out or decide to move on.

According to Reuters may have really lost its leadership role in January when Apple moved its modern efforts internally, months before the surprise of the Apple-Qualcomm agreement that saw Intel lose its opportunity in a place within of the first iPhone 5G. And in February, Apple reported that it also stole a 5G Intel leader.

But second, Caballero is the same antenna expert who reportedly warned Steve Jobs that the design of the iPhone 4 antenna could be prone to drop calls, and apparently I've been going up the ranks ever since. His LinkedIn page indicates that he has been with the company for more than 14 years, and a 2018 profile at CNET in Spanish suggests that he and his team have touched all the wireless elements of each Apple device since then.

Probably we will never know if his departure is significant, but I certainly thought it was interesting. Maybe you will too.

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