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Apple’s Head Of Search and Head of Siri’s Advanced Development quits Amidst Siri Reshuffle

According to a report in The Information on Thursday, Apple has confirmed both the departures

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Apple’s Head of Search Vipul Ved Prakash and Tom Gruber, Head of Siri’s Advanced Development Group, have quit the company which is currently reshuffling its Siri team.

According to a report in The Information on Thursday, Apple has confirmed both the departures.

One of the original Siri co-founders, Gruber “will be pursuing personal interests in photography and ocean conservation”.

Prakash joined Apple in 2013 after Apple acquired the search engine and analytics firm Topsy where he served as a CEO.

“The deal was valued at upwards of $224 million. Apple shut down Topsy two years after its acquisition,” reports 9to5mac.com.

Revealing its future plans, Apple last week formally announced to make ex-Google executive John Giannandrea its Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

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Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems. Flickr

Reporting to CEO Tim Cook, Giannandrea who joined Apple in April will be in charge of Apple’s ML division, Siri and the Core ML team.

Giannandrea will look after further development of Core ML and Siri technologies.

According to media reports, Apple lags behind from Google and Amazon in key AI areas like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision needed to power voice assistant features in Siri.

Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems.

Also Read-Apple Gets a New AI Chief to Oversee Siri, Machine Learning

In 2017, Apple added an AI chip called Neural Engine to the A11 Bionic for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to work with the Image Signal Processor (ISP). (IANS)

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Apple Is Delaying the Feature of Group FaceTime for Video Calls

The feature was announced to take on similar services like Google Hangouts and the Microsoft-owned Skype

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Apple delays 'Group FaceTime' feature for video calls. Pixabay

Apple has delayed its “Group FaceTime” feature that will allow up to 32 people to simultaneously participate in video calls on iOS devices.

According to a report in 9to5Mac on Monday, “Group FaceTime” has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall”.

“Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch in September,” the report added.

Apple described “Group FaceTime” feature in June during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference in the US.

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iOS 12 is designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive. Pixabay

“We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, said during the event.

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The feature was announced to take on similar services like Google Hangouts and the Microsoft-owned Skype.

iOS 12 is designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive. (IANS)