We know as much about Apple’s artificial intelligence, dubbed “Apple Intelligence,” as we’re about to find out, at least until we get some hands-on time with it (which probably won’t be until Next year). Still, You can just experiment Better Siri and “semantic” AI if you have it iPhone 15 Pro Or iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple has finally provided a (slightly) more comprehensive explanation for why we’ll never see it Upcoming AI features It comes to older iPhones with the promise that it’s not just some big scheme to force users to upgrade.

However, I still wonder why cloud-based AI like ChatGPT won’t become obsolete when Samsung has already proven that it can be done. John Gruber of Daring Fireball (trans MacRumors) Asking the question we’re all thinking about. “Is AI exclusivity on the iPhone 15 Pro just a cash grab?” No, of course not, said Apple’s head of artificial intelligence, John Gianandrea, and its chief marketing officer, Greg Joswiak.

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Any recent M-series chip found in MacBooks and iPads can access Apple Intelligence. The A17 Bionic chip of the iPhone 15 Pro has 16 cores NPU Capable of hitting 35 TOPS (trillions of operations per second). This neural capacity is supposed to be twice that of the A16 Bionic chip, limited to the regular one iPhone 15 And iPhone 14 Pro.

According to Giannandrea, this is because “inference” — that is, the AI ​​runtime — is “incredibly computationally expensive” for large language models. According to Apple’s lead developers, the RAM component also determines how well the AI ​​runs on the device.

“You could, in theory, run these models on very old hardware, but it would be so slow that it wouldn’t be useful,” he said.

When Gruber asked if this was a plan to sell new iPhones, Joswiak denied it, saying: “If it weren’t for that, we’d be smart enough to make the latest iPads and Macs too, right?”

There will be different AI features on a MacBook compared to an iPhone, but the neural power of Apple’s ARM-based chips is starting to be relatively minimal compared to now. The M1 chip from 2020 has a neural processor capable of 11 TOPS, though it will ostensibly receive some of these new AI features. The M2 can do 15.8. Latest M4 chip on iPad Pro It can do 38 tops. How well each of these devices runs AI is another question, though Apple has reiterated that it should be fine.

The A16 Bionic chip’s NPU has a claimed speed of 17 TOPS, although the iPhone 14 Pro’s base RAM was just 6GB compared to the 15 Pro’s 8GB. There are bound to be differences in hardware architecture between the two pro-level phones, but based on Apple’s comments, 2GB of RAM appears to be enough to limit the AI ​​to the latest and greatest iPhones.

Furthermore, there is some ambiguity about what exactly “Apple intelligence” is and what it is not. Apple’s vice president of software engineering and parkour expert Craig Federighi said interesting features like Math notes Or Smart Scripts on the iPad aren’t built on any of Apple’s AI models, so they’re coming to older devices.

Earlier this year, Samsung began backfilling some of the AI ​​features that were previously exclusive to the S24. Galaxy S23 Line, including the midrange S23 FE. Features like “Search Circle” and “Live Translate” were old-fashioned Galaxy Fold 5 And Face 5. Note that these were not all new Galaxy AI features in the S24. However, it’s a sign that some of these features that allegedly require a lot of neural processing power can work on older hardware, especially since many of these AI models run in the cloud. Samsung has mentioned how this could happen one day Force users to pay To keep the data center lights on while processing this power-hungry AI.

We know that Apple’s big AI plans will be a comprehensive package that affects everything you can do on your device. Siri is supposed to be the one element that ties it all together. Apple wants AI to be able to access your email, texts, and even control your apps. For example, if you ask your mom about your plans later in the month, you should be able to parse that information through texts and emails.

Apple has promised that much of this AI runs on hardware and any portion that doesn’t is sent to the cloud. This will supposedly be handled by Apple’s own data centers powered by M-series processors. The Cupertino company also promises that we’ll get the most out of Secure and private cloud computing infrastructure To keep users’ data safe. However, unlike the demos shown in Worldwide Developers Conference 2024We still don’t know which aspects of AI services will be handled on the latest Bionic chips and which will require cloud computing.

Or are we? Currently, many AI drafting features are based on… OpenAI’s ChatGPT. It will intrinsically work with Apple Intelligence on iOS 18 if for nothing else but to get the ball rolling on Apple Intelligence. It’s pretty much the only AI feature that we know will be released sooner rather than later and will have to run on the cloud. Apple previously confirmed with Gizmodo that ChatGPT and all Apple Intelligence information will remain on the iPhone 15 Pro.

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