Apple's Head of HomeKit is leaving the company

Cupertino, November 15, 2021

Engineer Sam Jadallah announced this week that he is leaving Apple after working for the company for less than three years. At Apple, Jadallah was the head of Home Services, which includes the HomeKit system for home automation.

Jadallah confirmed on LinkedIn (via MacRumors) that he no longer works for Apple. As previously described by 9to5Mac, Jadallah joined Apple in February 2019 to lead the entire Apple Home team. Before Apple, the engineer worked for Microsoft and also founded Otto, his own brand of smart locks. "This is a conclusion with Apple," Jadallah said in a post earlier this week.

This is a conclusion with Apple. I am so grateful for the friendships that will last and for the opportunity to shape and create new capacities for people and homes around the world. As a corporate director, investor and entrepreneur, it was a treat to be an entrepreneur at Apple and create products to scale.

The reasons why the engineer decided to leave Apple are unknown. It is also unclear who will take over as head of HomeKit at Apple after Jadallah leaves.

Since Jadallah joined Apple, the company has made several improvements to the HomeKit, which include registering the security camera in iCloud, improved accessory controls, adaptive lighting, automation, the Siri API for third-party accessories, and home keys in the Wallet app.

Home automation is becoming more and more important to Apple every year, so it shouldn't be long before Apple chooses someone else to lead the HomeKit team. At begining of the week, 9to5Mac Parker Ortolani wrote about why Apple should build its own automation hardware instead of relying solely on third parties.

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