What you need to know
- Apple has acquired more AI companies than any of the big four tech companies from 2016-2020.
- The company is investing heavily in Siri and other AI and machine learning capabilities.
Apple has been on an artificial intelligence acquisition spree over the last few years, and one research firm has the stats to prove it.
As reported by MacRumors, GlobalData has posted a report detailing a breakdown of the most AI-related acquisitions per company from 2016 to 2020 and Apple has landed on top, beating out other major tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. It's not surprising since Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the company has made almost 100 acquisitions over the last six years.
GlobalData analyst Aurojyoti Bose notes that of the 60 AI acquisitions made by the big four tech companies over that period, Apple has made almost half of them.
Bose goes on to say that most of the acquisitions are attempts by Apple to improve Siri, its smart assistant that, despite being the first to market, has consistently ranked behind the Google Assistant and Alexa.
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It's not a surprise to see Apple investing heavily in artificial intelligence. John Giannandrea, who Apple recruited from Google a few years ago, has taken over products like Siri and the company's long rumored Apple Car project.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.