Apple Silicon and Machine Learning [Link]

June 13, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

Great article from Jean-Louis Gassée

Let’s indulge in a bit of speculation.

Tentatively dubbed Apple Neural Engine (ANE), this hypothetical chip fits well with Apple’s tradition of designing hardware for its software, following Alan Kay’s edict: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

Couple Apple’s AR and ML announcements with the putative ANE chip and we have an integrated whole that sounds very much like the Apple culture and silicon muscle we’ve already witnessed, a package that would further strengthen the company’s moat, its structural competitive advantage.

Pretty neat ideas.