Rumor: Apple working on dedicated AI Chip

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. 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 -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn’t been made public. Apple declined to comment.

If you've been following along with my tech posts from the last couple of weeks, you've probably noticed that one of the overarching themes has been AI, and how the biggest tech companies are trying to get a foothold in this emerging space. For years now it seemed like Apple was really lagging behind companies like Google and Amazon when it came to artificial intelligence, but I have a feeling that's all going to change soon, perhaps even as early as this year's WWDC.