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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Steve Jobs Contacted Siri Just Three Weeks After App's Initial Launch, Disliked the Name






Network World reports on a keynote speech given in Chicago yesterday by Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus in which he described some of the early developments that ultimately led to Apple acquiring the company and folding the technology into the iPhone 4S. According to Kittlaus, Steve Jobs personally contacted him just three weeks after Siri launched its iPhone app back in 2010 to set up a meeting that started their relationship.
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And he wanted me to come over to his house the next day, and I did, and I spent 3 hours with him in front of his fireplace having this surreal conversation about the future.

And, you know, he talked about why Apple was going to win, and we talked about how Siri was doing. And he was very excited about the fact that.. you know, he was very interested in this area in general but, you know, they're patient, they don't jump on anything until they feel they can go after something new and he felt that we cracked it. So that was his attraction.
Kittlaus noted that Jobs initially wasn't enamored with the "Siri" name, but under persistent support from Kittlaus and with a failure to come up with an alternative he liked better, Jobs eventually decided to keep the name when the feature launched on the iPhone 4S last October.

Siri's iPhone app launched in February 2010, and Apple acquired the company less than three months later. Kittlaus worked at Apple until last October, when he left to pursue other opportunities and be closer to his family in Chicago.

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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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You know you've done something right when the CEO of a major company invites you over to his house for a chat!
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:55 AM   #3
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And thus the story of the inception of one more iPhone feature I'll never use.

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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:56 AM   #4
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I can't say I'm overly impressed with the name either, but it hardly matters.
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:57 AM   #5
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And thus the story of the inception of one more iPhone feature I'll never use.

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When Siri gets polished in a year, or two, or even more, Apple will be the first one one to have the technology. Talking to a device? C'mon... There is a future here.
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Siri means 'ass' in Japanese so you can see where he's coming from... Absolute trademark Steve Jobs
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And thus the story of the inception of one more iPhone feature I'll never use.

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You're in the minority then.

Actually kind of surprised the Steve couldn't come up with an alternative.
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 10:59 AM   #8
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I'm with Steve Jobs on this one...I hate the name Siri also.
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 11:00 AM   #9
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That's what I like about Apple. They generally don't jump into things until they're ready to go. Sure, sometimes the servers get overloaded and Siri takes a while, but other than that, Siri is pretty good. Its because of this that I think the new TV is truly going to be revolutionary, otherwise Apple simply wouldn't do it.
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Or something very wrong.

He had an iTrapdoor in front of his dining room table.
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 11:02 AM   #11
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The next step is surely to perfect a more human-sounding text-to-speech engine.
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Wonder if Siri will run even worse when it's added to the new iPhone (5th Gen)

Steve would never let this inconsistent performance continue.

God rest his soul.
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Wonder if Siri will run even worse when it's added to the new iPhone (5th Gen)

Steve would never let this inconsistent performance continue.

God rest his soul.
He let Mobile Me continue for quite a while.
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Wonder if Siri will run even worse when it's added to the new iPhone (5th Gen)
the iPhone (5th Gen) has been out since last year. It's called iPhone 4S.
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 11:09 AM   #15
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Steve was right...Surely they could have come up with something better? It's pretty useless in the UK at least.. may I suggest surly?
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Wonder if Siri will run even worse when it's added to the new iPhone (5th Gen)

Steve would never let this inconsistent performance continue.

God rest his soul.
*sigh*
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You're in the minority then.

Actually kind of surprised the Steve couldn't come up with an alternative.
are you sure about that? ive yet to see anyone use it in public. the only time i use it is when i click the button for too long or need a alarm set, thats about it

ironically the stand alone siri app was capable of so much more than the apple version
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I'm not thrilled with the name Siri, I found it a surprising choice. (Funny about the Japanese Translation too.)
Still the main thing is that Steve had the foresight to acquire the company and its Tech to keep it out of the hands of rivals. Good Strategy! It's also an amazing feature in that it supports any language.
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How cool to have SJ called up and invite you to his house for a discussion. That's a treat.
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Old Mar 28, 2012, 11:15 AM   #21
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*Mr. Kittlaus comes into Jobs' house*
Jobs: «Welcome to my reality distorsion field, please come in.»
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are you sure about that? ive yet to see anyone use it in public. the only time i use it is when i click the button for too long or need a alarm set, thats about it

ironically the stand alone siri app was capable of so much more than the apple version
Siri is still in Beta.
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are you sure about that? ive yet to see anyone use it in public. the only time i use it is when i click the button for too long or need a alarm set, thats about it

ironically the stand alone siri app was capable of so much more than the apple version
Just going off of this article.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1349156
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Hahaha, that's the first thing I thought of.
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Siri is still in Beta.
will it ever leave beta stage or add new features? i mean seriously, it took the jailbreak community not even a day to come up with great new commands
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