The hire was perceived as a victory for Apple, which many view as lagging behind rivals such as Google and Amazon in artificial intelligence. At the time, Apple said Giannandrea would run the company's "machine learning and A.I. strategy," The New York Times reported.
Apple's new team will unite its core machine learning and Siri units under Giannandrea's lead. Those units will continue to work as they always have across several areas of the company, but will now report to Giannandrea, TechCrunch reported. Giannandrea will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.