The list of key players who have left Apple this year just got a little bit longer.
According to published reports Monday, Dag Kittlaus, the co-founder and CEO of Siri, has left Apple. Kittlaus is widely credited with developing the voice recognition technology that has quickly become the hottest new feature of the iPhone 4S.
Kittlaus has led the speech recognition efforts for Apple since Apple bought Siri in April of 2010. He had been Siriís CEO since 2007. Before that, the Norwegian-born Kittlaus was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Research Institute and had also worked at Motorola.
According to the report, Kittlaus has already left Apple. His departure came just days after the iPhone 4S was formally introduced earlier this month. Although Kittlaus is out, other top hold-over executives from Siri remain on board with Apple. And there are no rumors of further departures at this time.
Source: All Things D