Another Siri co-founder left Apple back in June

Another Siri co-founder left Apple back in June
Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer apparently left Apple in early summer, according to a report by Bloomberg. Cheyer is one of the software engineers that built Siri’s voice-recognition software, and served as Vice President of Engineering prior to Apple’s acquisition. According to reports, Cheyer left “to pursue other opportunities.

Cheyer isn’t the only high-profile departure from Apple’s Siri division, as another co-founder and one-time Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus left Apple last year. In the big scheme of things it’s not unusual for founders to leave after a company has been acquired, Siri has been something of a criticism magnet since it was unveiled as the distinguishing feature of the iPhone 4S last year. There is a class-action lawsuit over the discrepancy between how Siri is portrayed in Apple’s advertising and how some users find the service to actually work (or not, as the case may be). Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak famously said that he liked Siri better before Apple bought it.

So the elephant in the room is this: Are some of the high level departures due to frustration at how Siri has fared after being bought out by Cupertino? Or is this normal merger-acquisition attrition as startup employees decide they prefer to work outside of behemoths like Apple or Google? Obviously no one is saying publicly, but Apple specifically declined to comment on the story, which is somewhat different from the generic “we can confirm that so-and-so has left and we wish him well” boiler plate that we usually see after a high level departure.

Perhaps one interesting test comes today – will Siri be a high-profile part of Apple’s new product announcements, or will the personal assistant be downplayed? We’ll know in a couple of hours.

source: Bloomberg via MacRumors

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4 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. Apple has all of the knowledge it needs about the underlying technology. As far as strategy, Cheyer's usefulness had passed.

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

is it still a rumor that siri will be available to other apple devices? like iPad 2 and iPhone 4? but of course another "feed the troll" article...lol this is definitely one of the best days i'm having all week!!! lol

3. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

they found android and left

4. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

June you say? So why are we hearing about it now..

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