Tom Gruber retires, and all three Siri founders have left Apple. The information, according to foreign media news , several informed sources, states that Tom Gruber one of the original co-founder of Siri has left Apple. Apple’s head of search, Vipul Ved Prakash, also left the company.
An Apple spokesperson confirmed the above news. It is said that Gruber is about to retire and will work on photography and marine protection that he is interested in. As he left, the Siri team was experiencing major leadership changes. It was previously reported that John Giannandrea, former head of Google’s Artificial Intelligence Research and Search division, announced last week that he would take over the division, merge the core CoreML and Siri teams, lead by John Giannandrea, and report directly to Tim Cook. John Giannandrea joined Apple this year and is responsible for machine learning and artificial intelligence strategies across the company, as well as CoreML and Siri technology development.
Tom Gruber is the last one to stay with Apple’s three Siri co-founders.
Search supervisor Vipul Ved Prakash also left from Apple.
As the Siri team went through the leadership transition, the company’s personnel changed.
Gruber is one of the three co-founders of several assistant startup Siri, which Apple acquired in April 2010 for $200 million. Two other co-founders, Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, have left Apple a few years ago.
In 2011, Apple first integrated Siri as a feature into the iPhone. Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer later set up another digital assistant startup, Viv Labs, which was acquired by Samsung in 2016 for more than $200 million.
Vipul Ved Prakash, the retired search director, is the CEO of search engine company Topsy. In 2013, Apple acquired Topsy for more than $200 million, and the search team is part of the Siri team.
In 2011, Apple implanted Siri on the iPhone 4s, which was initially well received. Siri was one of the first mainstream digital assistants to integrate into popular electronic devices, a few years before Amazon’s now popular Alexa.
But as mentioned earlier, Apple has been working hard to update the underlying technology to keep Siri competing with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Under Apple’s leadership, Siri has experienced a turbulent history, with frequent conflicts between teams and a lack of clear direction.