Ever wondered why the personal voice assistant on Apple’s iPhone 4S, Siri, is called Siri? Well, the company’s former CEO Dag Kittlaus has shed some light on the name and why that name was chosen for a product that eventually became one of the iPhone’s latest features. Siri is, in fact, not just some random jargon. Instead, it means “beautiful woman who leads you to victor” in the Norwegian language.
But there is more to the story.
Kittlaus offered up some of the back story on the world’s most well-known virtual assistant saying that the name derived from a lady that he once used to work with and that he had, at one time, thought about naming his daughter Siri.
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He also stated that the website domain was also available and that consumers want a name that’s easy to say and spell, two items that make sense, but don’t exactly fit in with the rest of the romanticism behind the naming.
And while Kittlaus was a fan of the name, there was one person that wasn’t.
Jobs apparently wasn’t sold on the name Siri when Apple acquired the company for $200 million. Kittlaus tried to persuade Jobs about the name but apparently, the CEO never really bought into the name.
However, that’s the name that stuck and so far, so good, it seems.
Apple has gone on to sell millions upon millions of iPhone 4S’ around the world, a survey has said that 87 percent of iPhone users use at least one Siri feature per month and the name ‘Siri’ has become a household name.
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