Steven Max Patterson, writing in Network World, alleges that Mansfield was shown the door because Apple remains reliant on Samsung for semiconductors. He has no sources for this; the piece seems entirely based on his own speculation. That’d be OK if it were presented as such, with an angle like “Here’s what I think really happened…”. It’d be wrong, but it’s OK to be wrong in an opinion piece. But the headline reads as straight reporting, as does his conclusion:
It looks like Mansfield has been held accountable for the TSMC
production glitches and the persistence of Apple’s dependency on
arch competitor Samsung for its most strategic components — the
SoC heart and brains of its mobile devices.
Based on everything I’ve heard, this is just completely and shamefully wrong.
Update: They’ve now prefixed the headline with “Opinion:”.
★ Tuesday, 30 July 2013