Apple's Seattle job listings show aggressive hiring for Siri work

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in General Discussion edited June 25
Although Apple has promised a diverse range of hires for its new Seattle offices, the emphasis is clearly on Siri above all else, checks show.

A render of what Apple's future Seattle campus will look like.
A render of what Apple's future Seattle campus will look like.


Of the 50 jobs Apple has open in Seattle, 32 are connected to Siri. There are only 245 Siri-related openings worldwide.

Three of the 50 were opened in Seattle this week alone, including ones for a senior quality engineer and a software engineering manager for machine learning systems. The third is a senior engineering manager for "Siri Maps," tasked with improving search- and navigation-related aspects.

In announcing the Seattle expansion on Monday, Apple VP of Global Real Estate Kristina Raspe promised "new positions distributed across many specialty engineering fields including hardware, software technologies, and services," specifically mentioning "engineering positions for iCloud."

The company is aiming to add some 2,000 workers in Seattle within the next five years, says Apple and GeekWire bolstering the 500 or so already present. For this the company is moving into future towers at 333 Dexter Avenue -- within walking distance of the Space Needle.

Apple is presumably hoping to poach talent from regional giants Amazon and Microsoft, which have their own specialists in AI, voice assistants, and cloud networks. Google likewise has cloud operations in the city.

Siri has often been criticized as the weakest of the three major voice assistants. Despite launching first in 2011, it often has a tough time answering general-knowledge questions, and doesn't support features like continuous conversation. Integration with third-party services is limited -- users can't for instance choose a default music platform other than Apple Music.

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,538unconfirmed, member
    Hopefully they'll finally use their VocalIQ acquisition after years of stagnation.

    For anyone who doesn't know, VocalIQ makes Siri look like a toddle in comparison.
  • Reply 2 of 12
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 394member
    Hopefully they'll finally use their VocalIQ acquisition after years of stagnation.

    For anyone who doesn't know, VocalIQ makes Siri look like a toddle in comparison.
    Probably see this technology emerge in iOS 14 🤞🏼
    AppleExposed
  • Reply 3 of 12
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,538unconfirmed, member
    JinTech said:
    Hopefully they'll finally use their VocalIQ acquisition after years of stagnation.

    For anyone who doesn't know, VocalIQ makes Siri look like a toddle in comparison.
    Probably see this technology emerge in iOS 14 🤞🏼
    That would be mind-blowing but I've been waiting since iOS 12.
  • Reply 4 of 12
    dougddougd Posts: 281member
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    chemengin1AppleExposed
  • Reply 5 of 12
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 978member
    I'm waiting for "Seriously" for people who interface with their phones with their mouths shut. 
  • Reply 6 of 12
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,171member
    dougd said:
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    How many times do you need to post this? Literally nobody cares. 
    StrangeDaysLordeHawklollivercornchipspace2001AppleExposed
  • Reply 7 of 12
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,171member
    within walking distance of the Space Needle”

    Real job perk right there. 
    dedgecko
  • Reply 8 of 12
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,584member
    dougd said:
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    What a pointless, self-defeating position to hold. Gross. 
    lolliverfastasleepAppleExposed
  • Reply 9 of 12
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,315member
    dougd said:
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    Man you are one old tech curmudgeon based on your posting history. I’m surprised you even use Apple gear the way you trash the company day in and day out. Maybe you should find an old Amiga somewhere and use it.
    lollivercornchipfastasleepMacProAppleExposed
  • Reply 10 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,768member
    dougd said:
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    No one here cares enough about what you think to call you ‘old fashioned’.
    fastasleepMacProAppleExposed
  • Reply 11 of 12
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 753member
    dougd said:
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    I don’t care what you’re using, or not using. 
    AppleExposed
  • Reply 12 of 12
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,372member
    dougd said:
    I don't care how "good" they make Siri I will never use it. Call me old fashioned I dont care
    I'm sorry I can't help you with that, would you like to see web pages relating to this?
    SpamSandwich
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