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Siri Co-founder Quits Apple

Apple recently launched its new iPhone 4S, which according to company proved to be the best iPhone launch since its debut. Siri, the voice control feature is the most appreciated and sought-after feature in the new iPhone 4S. According to a report, the co-founder and CEO of Siri, Dag Kittlaus has quit the company.

Dag Kittlaus

The news surfaced just 12 days after the virtual assistant made its debut with iPhone 4S and became so acclaimed. According to sources, the decision is not made overnight rather Kittlaus was thinking of this decision for quite a while. The major reasons told are to give time to his family which is settled in Chicago and also to come up with new ideas.


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Since 2007, Kittlaus had been the CEO of the company. He served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Research Institute before he and his co-founders Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber worked Siri out of a project by non-profit R&D Institute SRI International in 2008. He also worked at Motorola for short period of time. The Department of Defense’s innovation arm, DARPA directed SRI International to design an “enduring personalized cognitive assistant,” which inspired the consumer-branded product. The company was acquired the tech giant, Apple in April 2010.

Dag Kittlaus was a key member for Apple as he led the speech recognition efforts for Apple since the acquisition time.

The Norwegian-born Dag Kittlaus quit Apple on a very friendly note just after the release of iPhone 4S, in which speech recognition feature, Siri is an important addition. However, the other senior executives from Siri continue to work at Apple, said source.

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