Former Siri chief is leaving Apple to join Microsoft’s AI division

Bill Stasior

“Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple’s Siri division, is leaving the company after nearly a decade to join Microsoft’s artificial intelligence division, reports The Information.”

All you need to control your Mac or iOS device is your voice

  • “Accessibility has become a popular avenue for tech companies lately, and today Apple revealed its latest push: Voice Control.
  • With macOS Catalina and iOS 13, you’ll be able to control your devices completely with your voice.
  • Most importantly, the company says your voice is processed on the device. Nothing is sent to, or stored by, Apple.”

Apple Brings People Occlusion & Motion Capture to ARKit 3 Alongside RealityKit & RealityComposer for AR Development

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  • “Apple has unveiled the latest additions to its ARKit tookit at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference
  • will enable the camera to recognize people who are present in a scene and place virtual content behind and in front of them, while the former gives apps the ability to track moving bodies.
  • RealityKit and RealityComposer appear to be the answer to that question. By shortening the learning curve, Apple will enable a larger population of developers to begin creating their own AR experiences.
  • To demonstrate ARKit 3.0, Apple brought Mojang, the publisher of Minecraft and subsidiary of Microsoft, to show off the first live demonstration of Minecraft Earth.”

Apple debuts Core ML 3 with on-device machine learning

  • “Apple today introduced Core ML 3, the latest iteration of its machine learning model framework for iOS developers to bring machine intelligence to smartphone apps.
  • The news was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) being held this week in San Jose, California.”


  • “Apple listed John Giannandrea on the site as its first Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy. He’s in charge of AI and machine learning, a potent type of AI software, across the whole company.
  • Prior to Apple, Giannandrea was a top AI executive at Alphabet’s Google. He joins Apple after several years of complaints about the reliability of the Siri voice service, which has become an increasingly important product for Apple given rival offerings like Inc.’s Alexa and the Google Assistant.”