Rumors suggest that Apple’s dedicated AI CPU is in the works

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Recent rumors suggest that Apple will build a dedicated AI processor to boost its artificial intelligence software performance. The company will use the Apple Neural Engine for facial and speech recognition tasks.

Having a specialized AI chip will allow Apple to improve its algorithms and develop new tools. According to Bloomberg, Apple will integrate the new CPU on many if its devices and already tested it on iPhone prototypes.

An AI-powered processor would allow Apple to build devices with advanced capabilities, such as self-driving cars, augmented reality devices, and other gadgets that require huge processing capabilities.

At the same time, the new AI chip should allow improve battery life on iOS and MacOS devices. Apple’s devices currently use two elements to handle AI tasks: the main CPU and the GPU. Having a dedicated AI chip will boost AI task processing.

Apple has yet to confirm the existence of the dedicated AI processor. However, rumors suggest that the chip won’t be ready this year. This means that, in the best case scenario, the company may officially announce the AI chip in early 2018.

Either way, we’re sure that the new AI chip will improve Apple’s products as a whole, so it will be interesting to see where this goes.

Apple is way behind in the AI game

The field of artificial intelligence is booming, but Apple still has to catch up with its rivals. Tech giants, such as Google, Amazon or NVIDIA are leading the way in AI research and innovation, and Apple surely doesn’t want to miss the boat.

As a quick reminder, Apple’s annual developer’s conference will take place in June. Perhaps the company will use this opportunity to unveil its progress in AI research.

And maybe this new AI chip will convince Apple to make a public API,  allowing devs to take full advantage of the capabilities of the CPU.

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