In his continued effort to capture Google and Amazon in the form of his smart home business, Apple has just hired former Microsoft executive Sam Jadallah . CNBC reports that Jadallah will lead the smart home initiatives at Apple.
Jadallah, who updated his LinkedIn profile over the weekend to reflect on his new role with Apple, is the former CEO of a smart lock company named Otto, who turned off just over a year ago. The company made a $ 700 lock, but suspended the operation four months after the launch of luxury products. He has also spent more than a decade with Microsoft.
"About 70 percent of the early team behind Otto was actually poached from Apple's ranger, Jadallah has previously said. The lock was compared favorably by reviewers to" Apple of smart locks. "It is not clear whether Jadallah will bring these early employees with him, or want a new mandate to rent. There are currently about half a dozen job openings in Apple's home business. "
Apple has also recently launched a startup, called Pullstring, which specializes in voice-enabled toys. Experts believe the purchase can help the iPhone manufacturer become the center of a connected living room.
Both Apple and Jadallah have refused to comment on rental.