Apple Acquires Datakalab to Enhance On-Device AI Capabilities

Apple is on a spree of acquiring AI startups ahead of WWDC 2024. The tech giant has acquired Datakalab, a Paris-based startup specializing in algorithm compression and embedded AI systems, to further its focus on artificial intelligence and bring AI-powered tools to its future devices. The acquisition was finalized on December 17, 2023, and has not been officially announced by Apple.

This move is part of Apple’s broader strategy to introduce advanced AI features on its devices, which are expected to be unveiled with iOS 18 and the iPhone 16 series.

Founded in 2016 by Xavier Fischer and Lucas Fischer, Datakalab has made significant advancements in AI with a focus on deep learning algorithms that work on-device without relying on cloud-based systems. This approach aligns with Apple’s commitment to user privacy and data security, as processing information locally minimizes the risk of data breaches and reduces processing time.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently reported that Apple’s large language model will run entirely on-device. It is suggested that Apple’s AI may be less capable in certain instances compared to its cloud-based rivals.

Apple’s new AI strategy, along with previews of its upcoming operating systems, will be unveiled at WWDC in early June. Zomit will be providing full coverage of the event.

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