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.