Published on January 9, 2024, 9:38 am
Apple’s Advancements in AI: A Look into Their 2024 Strategy
In recent years, Apple has been quietly making significant strides in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). While the company may not be as renowned for its AI endeavors as other tech giants, it is evident that Apple is committed to innovation and disruption in this space. In this analysis, we will delve deeper into Apple’s AI advancements in 2023 and their strategy for 2024 and beyond. This is a critical juncture for Apple to establish itself as a leader in the AI era while competitors are also vying for dominance.
One notable development in 2023 was the release of Apple’s MLX, a development framework designed to help developers create machine learning models optimized for Apple Silicon processors used in MacBooks. Inspired by popular open-source frameworks like PyTorch, Jax, and ArrayFire, MLX comes with a model library called MLX Data. This step aims to empower developers within the Apple ecosystem to build AI applications on their hardware efficiently.
Additionally, reports suggest that Apple is developing its own generative AI model known as “Ajax.” This model, which bears similarities to OpenAI’s GPT-n series, is expected to have around 200 billion parameters. Ajax will serve as a core component of Apple’s AI strategy moving forward and will enable the company to integrate numerous new AI features across its range of devices and applications without relying on third-party providers such as Microsoft or Google. Self-reliance and an integrated technology stack have always been integral to Apple’s approach to AI.
Moreover, analysts have revealed that Apple has invested heavily in building AI servers throughout 2023. Estimates suggest that they spent approximately $620 million on servers alone during this period. These servers will play a crucial role in training their massive 200-billion-parameter model while enabling independent AI research within the organization.
On another front, Apple has been actively exploring edge AI research, particularly on-device AI. By bringing model inference closer to the edge (the device itself), Apple can overcome challenges such as latency, privacy concerns, accessibility limitations, and high costs associated with reliance on cloud-based computation. Given that Apple has a significant market share in edge devices like smartphones and computers, running AI computations on-device opens up numerous possibilities. For instance, it could enhance Siri’s performance, enable advanced chatbots, facilitate real-time language translation, improve AI-driven photography features, and bolster augmented reality experiences.
Siri’s future role is another area of interest for Apple. Despite facing competition from ChatGPT and its voice capabilities, Apple has the unique opportunity to deliver a fully integrated voice assistant experience. With stringent privacy measures in place, an AI-powered Siri could help users manage their daily activities more seamlessly and conversationally. Imagine accessing applications, messages, and other functionalities through Siri as if interacting with Jarvis from the Iron Man movies.
However, Apple recognizes the intense competition it faces in the AI landscape. Companies like Microsoft and Google present formidable opponents with their cutting-edge technology and user experiences. To maintain its position and avoid relinquishing market share in the generative AI race solely to these competitors, Apple needs to integrate AI deeply into iOS and invest across the entire AI development stack—from hardware to talent acquisition to frameworks to software development. The ability to control the entire AI supply chain will be crucial for Apple’s long-term success.
As we look ahead to 2024 and beyond, it is an exciting time for Apple’s AI strategy. Their dedication to advancing generative AI models, pursuing extensive research into edge processing capabilities, including building their own servers for training massive models signals their commitment to staying at the forefront of this transformative technology.
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The original article, “Apple’s 2024 AI Strategy Includes Generative AI Model, Edge Processing, and Servers,” was originally published on the Acceleration Economy website.