Apple’s internal ‘Overton’ AI tool helps with Siri’s development

Apple has offered details of an internal development tool titled "Overton," a system for monitoring and improving machine learning applications such as how Siri determines results for queries, by handling the lower-level tasks and allowing engineers to focus more on higher-level concepts. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

WSJ: How Jeff Williams became more involved in product development at Apple than Tim Cook

Apple announced last week that Jony Ive would depart the company later this year to form his own independent design firm. In place of Ive, Apple COO Jeff Williams will take over management of Apple’s hardware and software design team. A new profile this week from The Wall Street Journal sheds more light on Williams’s […]

Google continues poaching Apple engineers as it ramps up work on in-house chip development

A recent report from The Information details Google’s efforts to grow its chip development efforts, which in turn is costing Apple some considerable talent. The report explains that Google has hired several key chip engineers from Apple, including well-regarded chip designer John Bruno… more… 9to5Mac

Apple commits ‘Turi Create’ machine learning development tool to GitHub

Building on its acquisition of machine learning and AI specialist Turi, Apple this week committed "Turi Create" to GitHub, a new machine learning framework designed to help developers build machine learning models that can be parlayed into apps running on its major operating systems. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Retina MacBook Pro minus Touch Bar, iPad Pro Cintiq capability rumored in development

New claims about future Mac hardware have emerged after Tuesday’s revelations from Apple’s Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi, with the latest rumors suggesting that future high-end Retina MacBook Pros may not include a Touch Bar, and the iPad Pro could be used directly as a tablet input device for a connected Mac. AppleInsider – Frontpage […]

iPhone 7 May Ship With Lightning-Connected EarPods, New Wireless Earphones Also Under Development

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 is rumored to feature a thinner body with no headphone jack, with Apple instead planning to rely on the Lightning port and Bluetooth as ways to connect headphones to the device. It was not clear if Apple would continue to ship EarPods along with the iPhone 7, and whether those EarPods […]