12/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

iPod Creator Tony Fadell Surprisingly Quits Apple

Apple SVP Tony Fadell will leave the company and be replaced by former IBM exec Mark Papermaster, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Apple refused to comment.

Fadell's departure is a surprise. At Apple, he lead the iPod's development, which Fortune magazine said was Fadell's idea in the first place. The WSJ says Fadell was "part of the executive team" that created the iPhone. Some pictured Fadell as Apple CEO Steve Jobs's eventual successor.

At IBM, Papermaster lead design of the Power PC processor, but at least for now, he won't lead chip design at Apple. IBM sued him last month, accusing him of breaching a noncompete agreement.

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