Siri’s last remaining cofounder is out at Apple in virtual assistant shakeup

“Tom Gruber, the last of three Siri voice assistant co-founders still at Apple, has retired from his role as head of Siri’s Advanced Development group, The Information reported Wednesday,” Zoey Chong reports for CNET.

“Gruber’s departure comes as the Siri group is seeing a major haul in its leadership under new boss John Giannandrea, formerly Google’s head of AI and search,” Chong reports. “Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, with whom Gruber founded the original Siri Inc before it was bought over by Apple in 2010, left the iPhone maker years ago in 2011 and 2012 respectively.”

Chong reports, “Along with Gruber, head of search Vipul Ved Prakash has also left the company, The Information added.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Giannandrea is Siri’s much-needed change agent. He clears out the old to make way for the new.

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Apple’s Siri, HomePod and the voice assistant showdown – April 6, 2018
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Gene Munster: Poaching AI chief John Giannandrea from Google a win for Apple – April 5, 2018
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    1. Probably not. Cook has a penchant for taking infinite resources and sucking the potential out of it. A company that can’t even keep its products updated and keep the fundamental product designs top notch will never lead the way to a better future. Real artists ship. Cook has turned Apple into a boring, slow, error prone corporate gorilla with all the passion of Microsoft, the quality of Walmart, and the agility of Exxon. The only thing he hasn’t screwed up is cashing in the App Store revenue checks. Any monkey can do that.

      1. is right on. It’s been happening quietly, but today’s MS isn’t the one of old. Cook could benefit from some of what’s happening in the MS world…”essentials.” Tim gets lost in what he thinks is important, but he’s SJW-isms confuse the matters at hand.

  1. maybe they should think of hiring a child or, maybe, several, you know, before the world has a chance to tell them how to think or what is or isn’t possible or reasonable. or, maybe, someone with synesthesia or autism. or an unripened engineer. maybe, i have no idea what i’m talking about.

  2. So what happened to the ‘original owners wanted so much more for Siri but Apple restricted it’ mantra. Seems rather odd (and indeed extremely unfair) if that was the case and yet this guy gets the boot. Oh well maybe it just applied to the other two then, or corporate life really is a bitch.

  3. I’m not sure if Siri is part of the vocal typing using the microphone on the keyboard. But it seems like the keyboard doesn’t understand my vocal instructions or vocabulary. It seems to be worse in the last Three or four iOS updates.

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