Apple is developing a special AI chip for iPhone

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Apple is allegedly planning to take its Artificial Intelligence
game to an all-new level an AI-powered iPhone chip.

In a race to
catch up with the competition at Amazon and Google, Apple has a
team of engineers working on a new piece of silicon that’s
dedicated to processing artificial intelligence commands which
could lead to improved battery life.

“Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to
AI-related tasks,” reports
. “The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural
Engine, would improve the way the company’s devices handle
tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence.”

Facial and
speech recognition will be the main tasks the chip is devoted
to, according to the site’s sources. Future iPhone prototypes
with the Apple Neural Engine are already in testing.

It’s unclear if the chip will make it onto the
iPhone 8. Considering super-powered Siri is supposed to be one of
the devices main features, it seems like though.

offloading tasks like facial recognition in photos, speech
recognition with Siri, and predictive keyboard function to the
Apple Neural Engine, iPhones and iPads integrated with the chip
should see a big boost in battery life. Apple plans to give
developers access to the chip too so that third-party apps can
offload AI tasks onto it.


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