And speaking of Siri, this part of Bianca Bosker’s deep-dive for The Huffington Post also stands out:
Only one of Siri’s three co-founders, Tom Gruber, remains at the company. Kittlaus left three weeks after Apple re-launched Siri in 2011, and Cheyer quit a year later. Apple’s Forstall, who introduced Siri at its first keynote and oversaw the company’s iOS software, was fired last year. Steve Jobs died the day after Siri debuted. And Luc Julia, who replaced Kittlaus as head of Siri, lasted just 10 months at Apple before leaving in 2012.
You have to wonder what that means for the future of the service. It still needs a lot of work and nearly everyone who was an original champion of the product is now gone. Does that mean it fades away over time, or does Apple “double down”?
This year should be telling. Will we see Siri truly open up in iOS 7 (as it used to be)? An API, perhaps? Or will it be more slow progress as Google speeds ahead?