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Apple’s Neural Engine and the generative AI game

May 17, 2023


While Apple’s assistive technology announcements this week are important, the question that remains unaswered is just how much they rely on the company’s powerful Neural Engine.

The Neural Engine comprises a collection of specialized computational cores that exist on Apple Silicon chips. They’re designed to execute machine/artificial intelligence functions quickly and with great efficiency because the action takes place on chip.

The company has dedicated huge resources to Neural Engine improvements since it first appeared in 2017. Apple Wiki points out that the A16 chip inside iPhone 14 delivers 17 trillion operations per second, up from 600 billion/s in 2017’s A11 processor.

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