Verizon Tried To Sign An Exclusivity Deal With Siri
Apple had to cut many of Siri’s original capabilities, as their size meant they became locked up in licensing legalese. Would Verizon have had better success signing deals?
I also think Apple had a certain aesthetic goal for Siri, that didn’t line up with the founders’ vision, which meant that struggling through licensing agreements was even less appealing. I think they wanted to bring focus to Siri, at least initially. There is a quote in the article that sums this up well: “Apple also seems keen to ensure Siri will be decent for many users, rather than genius for a few”.