Apple is making a strategic shift to invest heavily in generative artificial intelligence (AI), with a rumoured budget of at least $1 billion annually. According to Bloomberg, the tech giant is quietly working on an internal project known as “Apple GPT,” aimed at enhancing various aspects of its ecosystem, from Siri to iOS, Apple Music, and Xcode. The motivation behind this massive investment is clear – Apple is determined to keep pace with competitors like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, who have made significant strides in Artificial Intelligence development.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst at TF International Securities, even suggests that the actual expenditure on AI could be in the billions, making it a substantial commitment for the company. Internally, there is a sense of urgency, as some at Apple are concerned that they are falling behind in the AI race.
Apple has a reputation for taking its time to perfect new concepts and products. The iPhone, for example, was a revolutionary device, but it was not rushed to market. However, in the fast-moving field of AI, where products like ChatGPT have already gained prominence, time is of the essence. Apple has a significant challenge ahead in establishing a foothold in the AI market.
One notable aspect of Apple’s approach is its patience in development. The company has invested considerable resources over nearly a decade in the pursuit of a self-driving vehicle, a project that has yet to materialise for the public. This approach contrasts with Google’s more visible progress with Waymo.
The key question now is whether Apple’s ambitious plans for generative AI will face similar delays. As rivals continue to make advancements, the clock is ticking for Apple. The company’s substantial investment indicates its determination to not just catch up but to lead in the field of AI. Only time will tell if this strategy will help Apple regain its competitive edge and secure a prominent position in the AI market.