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Apple Gets a New AI Chief to Oversee Siri, Machine Learning

Apple has posted several job openings for AI/ML engineers at its different offices globally

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Revealing its future plans, Apple has formally announced to make ex-Google executive John Giannandrea its Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

Reporting to CEO Tim Cook, Giannandrea who joined Apple in April will be in charge of Apple’s ML division, Siri and the Core ML team, the company updating its executive leadership page, said.

Giannandrea will look after further development of Core ML and Siri technologies. With Core ML, third-party developers can integrate trained ML models into their apps.

Prior to Apple, Giannandrea spent eight years at Google where he led the Machine Intelligence, Research and Search teams. Before it, he co-founded two technology companies — Tellme Networks and Metaweb Technologies.

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John Giannandrea, the Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

At Google, Giannandrea took the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering from Amit Singhal in early 2016, signalling Google’s emphasis on weaving ML and AI into its Search engine.

According to media reports, Apple lags behind from Google and Amazon in key AI areas like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision needed to power voice assistant features in Siri.

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Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems.

In 2017, Apple added an AI chip called Neural Engine to the A11 Bionic for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to work with the Image Signal Processor (ISP).

Apple has posted several job openings for AI/ML engineers at its different offices globally. (IANS)

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Apple Announces its New iPhones and Watch Series on Sale

Apple officially introduced its 2018 line-up of iPhones and and Apple Watch at an event in California last week

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Apple has announced that its newly-launched iPhone “XR” , “XS”, “XS Max” and “Watch Series 4” are going on sale globally from Friday.

The new iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in India starting September 28.

In India, one would have to shell out Rs 12,075 a month, as zero-cost EMI, for a period of one year to own the 512GB variant of iPhone “XS Max” — the most expensive iPhone released this month — that would cost Rs 1,44,900.

The iPhone “XS” with 512GB storage model would be priced Rs 134,900 and the cheapest of the lot, iPhone” XR” (64GB)would hit the shelves at a starting price of Rs 76,900 in India.

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A demonstration of the newly released Apple products is seen following the product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S. Sept. 12, 2018. (VOA)

The iPhone “XS” and “XS Max” support dual SIM and dual standby functionality and are fuelled by Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chipset built on 7-nm design and a new neural engine with an 8-core dedicated machine learning (ML) processor.

The devices also come with upgraded 12MP + 12MP camera, 2x optical zoom, improved TrueTone quad-LED flash and 7MP RGB camera sensor in the front.

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The iPhone “XR” sports a 6.1-inch LCD screen with liquid Retina display and a single 12MP camera at the rear, all in an aluminium body.

The next generation Apple Watch features edge-to-edge display and comes with support to track heartbeat data, heart rhythm and notify users.

Apple officially introduced its 2018 line-up of iPhones and and Apple Watch at an event in California last week. (IANS)