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Report: Siri co-creator leaves Apple

One of the engineers that helped build Siri, the voice recognition software on the iPhone 4S, has waved goodbye to Apple, according to a new report.

Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the situation, reported on Wednesday that Adam Cheyer, co-creator of Siri, is no longer working for Apple. Until recently, Cheyer had been working in Apple's mobile software group.

Cheyer's departure follows that of former Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus last year.

Apple acquired voice-recognition application startup Siri back in 2010 and a year later incorporated it into its iPhone 4S. Siri allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings and place phone calls, amongst other tasks.

Currently, Siri is only on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, but it is coming to the iPad with the launch of iOS 6.

Meanwhile, Apple has run into some legal issues over Siri this year. A Taiwan-based university filed a lawsuit against Apple in July for infringing on two speech-recognition patents with Siri. That lawsuit came shortly after a Chinese company filed a patent suit against Apple over Siri. Additionally, in March, a New York man sued Apple for false advertising regarding the voice assistant.

Elsewhere, a number of Siri alternatives have emerged recently, such as virtual assistant app Nina and Google's Jelly Bean voice recognition.