During a recent financial summary for the last quarter of 2023, Apple’s top executives fielded questions from analysts, touching on the potential financial benefits of generative AI.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook did not delve into specifics about monetization strategies, he was candid about the company’s substantial investments in AI technology. Cook highlighted that AI is not a standalone feature but a core component woven into every product Apple creates.
With the introduction of iOS 17, Apple incorporated AI-driven features such as Personal Voice and Live Voicemail. Cook emphasized that AI is also pivotal to safety features on Apple devices, including Fall Detection, Crash Detection, and the ECG app—all of which rely on AI, although they are not outwardly branded as AI features. The label is reserved for the consumer benefits they provide, Cook noted, underscoring that the underlying technology is indeed AI and machine learning.
Cook remained tight-lipped on the specifics of Apple’s generative AI projects, but confirmed ongoing work and substantial investment in the area. He reassured that the company intends to approach generative AI with responsibility and foresight, hinting that future product enhancements will be deeply integrated with these technologies.
There is anticipation for major AI-driven updates in Apple’s 2024 lineup, potentially harnessing generative AI.
With rumors circulating of Apple pouring billions into generative AI for research and development, it is clear that the Cupertino firm is gearing up for significant advancements in the tech landscape.