Apple investing a ‘tremendous’ amount of time and effort on AI, says CEO Tim Cook; Know what’s coming | Tech News

Apple investing a ‘tremendous’ amount of time and effort on AI, says CEO Tim Cook; Know what’s coming

Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted the company's investments in AI during the Q1 earnings call, hinting at upcoming AI upgrades for Apple's suite of products.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Feb 02 2024, 12:39 IST
Apple shuts down Siri-linked AI ops! Layoffs, relocations loom over employees
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1/6 1. Apple is shutting down its 121-person Data Operations Annotations team in San Diego, responsible for enhancing Siri through voice service queries' accuracy.  (unsplash)
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2/6 2. The affected Apple team, with a history of addressing privacy concerns related to Siri query accuracy, has a small number of employees assisting Apple's move to AI products based on large language models, with plans to announce details in June.  (unsplash)
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3/6 3. The team was informed of a relocation to Austin to merge with the Texas counterpart, with employees given until the end of February to decide. Those unwilling to relocate will face termination on April 26.  (unsplash)
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4/6 4. Apple, offering $7,000 relocation stipends, stated that all current employees have the opportunity to continue their roles in Austin.   (unsplash)
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5/6 5. Apple's San Diego employees were caught by surprise. In fact, they were expecting a relocation within the city, not Texas.  (unsplash)
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6/6 6. Some employees are uncertain about eligibility for other roles due to a lack of engineering backgrounds. The move could potentially result in layoffs for several dozen Apple workers. (unsplash)
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Apple will launch an AI-powered Siri during WWDC 2024, analysts believe. (Unsplash)

After witnessing rivals such as Samsung and Google leverage artificial intelligence (AI), it seems like Apple is gearing up to bank on this rapidly developing technology. In its efforts, the iPhone maker has been quietly acquiring tech startups -  21 startups since 2017 to be precise. These numbers hint that Apple could finally make an AI push this year by unveiling a slew of AI upgrades for its suite of products including iPhone, iPad and Mac. During the Q1 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted the company's investments in AI. Know what's coming.

Apple's AI push explained

As per a MacRumors report, Apple recorded greater revenue than in the same period last year. Now, the company is banking on AI to get a further push. Talking about generative AI, Cook said, “In terms of generative AI which I would guess is your focus, we have a lot of work going on internally, as I've alluded to before.”

The work Apple CEO is referring to is likely to be iOS 18. Just a few days ago, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman suggested that iOS 18 could be the “biggest” update in iPhone history. One of the most prominent upgrades could come in the form of Siri. Morgan Stanley analysts believe that iOS 18 will have generative AI in focus, and it could bring a new Siri that is powered by LLMs. As per the reports, Apple is also looking to incorporate AI into as many apps as possible. Apple Music could get auto-generated playlists, while apps like Keynote or Pages could get a feature that automatically generates slide decks. It is also looking to bolster AppleCare with generative AI. 

“As we look ahead, we will continue to invest in these and other technologies that will shape the future. That includes artificial intelligence, where we continue to spend a tremendous amount of time and effort and we're excited to share the details of our ongoing work in that space later this year,” Cook further said.

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First Published Date: 02 Feb, 11:57 IST
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