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Siri co-founder Kittlaus said to have exited Apple

updated 05:20 am EDT, Mon October 24, 2011

Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus leaves Apple

Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus has left Apple, according to All Things D. The departure of Kittlaus is said to have come soon after the iPhone 4S launch, which was highlighted by the debut of the Siri voice recognition assistant. According to sources, the move was planned and "amicable."

Following the acquisition of Siri by Apple in April 2010, Kittlaus had been responsible for leading the implementation of the Siri technology into the iPhone 4S. Siri first debuted in 2009, while the current implementation of Siri on the iPhone is considered by many to be one of the most sophisticated voice-recognition technologies implemented to date. It has been received with large fanfare since it launched in its new form, now deeply embedded in iOS 5.

Listed among the reasons for Kittlaus' departure included his family being based in Chicago, as well as needing some time off after what would have been a massive effort implementing Siri to the standards expected by the late Steve Jobs. Once rested, Kittlaus also plans to pursue new entrepreneurial ideas.

While the loss of Kittlaus is undoubtedly a blow for Apple, other key Siri team members are said to be continuing with the project.

Apple has not yet officially commented on matter.



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  1. facebook_Sam

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    Hmm

    Fifty bucks says he's scooped up by Google or Microsoft, who suddenly and inexplicably need a voice assistant feature in their mobile operating systems.

  1. facebook_Sam

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    @Thecombinationis

    I love how people always bring up the fact that Apple bought Siri, as if it's a surprise. Like "Wow, really?!?! That's amazing!" or like it somehow diminishes what Siri is and does. I was a big fan of the old Siri app and it's NOTHING like the Siri in my iPhone 4S, which is integrated perfectly and is far more useful.

    Also, you're aware that iPhones have had the same rudimentary voice features as the other two since the 3GS, right? I believe they were actually ahead of Android on that, so Android was playing catchup with Apple (again) when they added voice support.

    Oh, and to top it all off, did you know Google BOUGHT Android to play rip-off to iOS? Wow, really!?!?!

  1. facebook_Sam

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    @sammaffei

    Google has already shown they aren't afraid of lawsuits when it comes to blatently ripping someone off. Their whole business model (besides search) revolves around taking what others have done, cheapening it, adding tracking bugs to pull info about users to sell to advertisers, and giving it away for free.

    In the case of Apple, they copied iOS.

  1. yticolev

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    Siri opened

    the pod bay doors for her maker. Doug exits stage right to Chicago.

  1. testudo

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    Re: @Thecombinationis

    I love how people always bring up the fact that Apple bought Siri, as if it's a surprise. Like "Wow, really?!?! That's amazing!" or like it somehow diminishes what Siri is and does.

    No, they bring it up because they know if MS or Google had bought Siri and integrated it into their mobile OS, we'd hear (a) how they can't innovate, so they buy those that can, and (b) oh, that's not very useful, who wants to hear people talking to their phones.

    I was a big fan of the old Siri app and it's NOTHING like the Siri in my iPhone 4S, which is integrated perfectly and is far more useful.

    Well, of course it's more useful, since Apple would never let Siri work integrated into the system because of their rules on what apps are allowed to do.

    Oh, and I love how defenders mention how Apple had voice recognition back in 1993. They ignore the fact, of course, that Apple let it languish for 15 years, never apparently figured how to get it to work well, and so ended up buying some other company who had a product that did all they wanted, and more.

  1. facebook_Sam

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    @testudo

    testudo said: "No, they bring it up because they know if MS or Google had bought Siri and integrated it into their mobile OS, we'd hear (a) how they can't innovate, so they buy those that can, and (b) oh, that's not very useful, who wants to hear people talking to their phones."

    Oh, you mean they'd say the EXACT same thing as anti-Apple people are saying about why Apple bought Siri?

    testudo said: "I love how defenders mention how Apple had voice recognition back in 1993. They ignore the fact, of course, that Apple let it languish for 15 years, never apparently figured how to get it to work well, and so ended up buying some other company who had a product that did all they wanted, and more."

    Hey, look at that.

    You claim that if MS or Google had bought Siri, we'd hear about how they bought Siri because they can't innovate so they bought those who can, then go on to say that the very reason Apple bought Siri was because they didn't do anything innovative on voice recognition for 15 years (or couldn't figure out how to get it to work well), so they bought someone who did.

    Nice job making yourself look bad by shaking your finger against the actions you end up taking.

    The point is that Apple had voice recognition before Android, so those saying Siri was purchased to "catch up" to Google have it wrong. Arguing otherwise is arguing against a strawman.


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