In a recent investor call, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has officially acknowledged that the company is working on its own generative AI. Cook revealed that Apple has been actively working on productive AI capabilities for several years and is committed to further investments.
As per a report by 9 to 5 Mac, Tim Cook, while addressing investors, affirmed Apple’s engagement in generative AI technology and underscored the company’s dedication to handling it responsibly.
Speculations have emerged suggesting that users may expect these AI features as early as 2024, but this information remains unverified and should be taken with caution as it remains speculative.
Cook elaborated, stating, “In terms of generative AI, we have work. I won’t get into details about what it is because, as you know, we don’t do that. But you can bet that we’re investing. We’re investing quite a bit. We’re going to do it responsibly, and it will. You will see product advancements over time where those technologies are at their heart.”
Apple’s interest in generative AI was first hinted at by Cook back in August of this year. During an interview with Reuters, he disclosed that the company’s investments in generative AI have been ongoing for an extended period and are reflected in their substantial research and development spending. Notably, Apple’s R&D spending has reached $22.61 billion for the current fiscal year, marking an increase of approximately $3.12 billion compared to the previous year.
Cook emphasized, “We’ve been researching a wide range of AI technologies, including generative AI, for years. We will continue investing, innovating, and responsibly advancing our products with these technologies to help enrich people’s lives. We’re investing a lot, and it is showing up in the R&D spending that you’re looking at.”
Additionally, Apple’s commitment to generative AI is evident through actively recruiting professionals. Job listings related to productive AI roles can be found on the company’s US careers page, further solidifying its dedication to the development and integration of effective AI technology.