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In a calculated step to bolster its artificial intelligence prowess, the tech behemoth Apple has discreetly acquired the Canadian startup DarwinAI. While the acquisition has not been formally announced, insiders have confirmed the deal, as reported by Bloomberg.
Hailing from Canada, DarwinAI has been a trailblazer in pioneering innovative AI solutions, particularly in the realm of crafting compact and efficient AI systems.Among their noteworthy accomplishments is the development of AI technology tailored for scrutinizing components during the manufacturing process. Through this collaboration with DarwinAI, Apple seeks to fortify its stance in the constantly evolving AI domain.
As per the report by Bloomberg, while DarwinAI made its name with AI-powered visual inspections in manufacturing, their secret weapon was actually shrinking and speeding up AI systems. This expertise is a perfect match for Apple, known for its focus on on-device AI processing rather than relying on the cloud. As part of the acquisition, Alexander Wong, a key figure at DarwinAI, has joined Apple’s AI team as a director, bringing his expertise in efficient AI development.
Apple’s acquisition of DarwinAI comes ahead of major generative AI updates planned for its next-generation operating systems. With iOS 18 and macOS 15 on the horizon, Apple is keen on integrating generative AI features across various products. These features are expected to enhance Siri, Shortcuts, Messages, and even Apple Music.
Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at major developments in generative AI technology from the company later this year. Cook said Apple sees “incredible breakthrough potential” for generative AI and is investing significantly in the area.
“Later this year, I look forward to sharing with you the ways we will break new ground in generative AI, another technology we believe can redefine the future,” Cook told shareholders. While details are scarce, Cook’s comments suggest Apple is poised to unveil new generative AI features that could compete with models like OpenAI’s GPT and Google’s Bard.

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