According to a report from Bloomberg,
Apple is working on a dedicated AI processor called Apple Neural Engine for
future iPhone models which will allow improvements for facial and speech
recognition capabilities, as well as to improve battery life and more.
Apple is working on a dedicated AI processor called Apple Neural Engine for future iPhone models which will allow improvements for facial and speech recognition capabilities

The new chip would let Apple offload
those tasks onto a dedicated module designed specifically for demanding
artificial intelligence processing, allowing Apple to improve battery
performance…. The Apple AI chip is designed to make significant improvements to
Apple’s hardware over time, and the company plans to eventually integrate the
chip into many of its devices, including the iPhone and iPad, according to the
person with knowledge of the matter.

Bloomberg’s report claims that Apple has
already been testing prototypes of its new Neural Engine inside iPhones. But it’s
unclear if the component will be ready this year for iPhone 8. Other large
company like Google and Qualcomm are already using dedicated AI chip so this is
not new for Apple.