Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company’s devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn’t been made public. Apple declined to comment.
This news really isn't all that surprising to me, as Johny Srouji's team has been kicking ass the last several years making custom silicon for Apple's devices. Gurman reports Apple is testing this new chip with future iPhone prototypes, so we may see it sooner than later.