Apple's AI event was mostly a team-building exercise

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in General Discussion edited July 2023

Apple's in-person summit on AI was less groundbreaking than anticipated, a report claims, with it being more an excuse for teams to get together rather than to offer any announcements.

Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park
Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park



February's AI summit was the first time in years that Apple held a mass gathering of its kind at its Apple Park campus, rather than as a virtual-only event. However, while the event could've been an opportunity for Apple to regain focus away from others such as Microsoft and OpenAI or Google's "Bard," it was a lot more low-key than that.

Indeed, it seems that the event was more a reason to get people together and to gradually nudge them in the same direction, rather than one that could've provided meaningful technological change.

According to Mark Gurman's "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, the summit did have discussions about machine learning and AI advancements within Apple. A brochure for the event had Apple's AI head commenting "machine learning is moving faster than ever, and the talent we have here is truly at the forefront."

Despite the assertion, Gurman claims he hasn't heard of anything that could be a "game changer coming out of the summit" for consumers at all.

With ChatGPT and Google Bard capturing headlines, Apple could've used the event to internally show off what its employees have come up with. But apparently it didn't, as Gurman believes Apple didn't preview any form of chatbot competitor, or anything remotely in that field, during the event.

While the event seemingly didn't make any serious waves on the AI front, it does at least show Apple is working to hold in-person events again following a hiatus of a few years. It could be considered a trial run before it holds other public-facing and larger events, such as WWDC in the summer or in-person media events for product launches.

As it combined a live attendance with streams to employees who couldn't make the trip, it seems that all of the main event-related systems were given a thorough shakedown, meaning other events could easily be held in this way down the road.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 1,038member
    I don’t think anyone was expecting product announcements at this?
    mattinozbyronlwatto_cobraFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 2 of 5
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 2,368member
    Why the negativity?

    Surely teams getting together is where groundbreaking actually happens not when the press get an invite?
    watto_cobraFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 3 of 5
    I'm sure Apple is waiting for AI to mature. I mean, I can totally see some of Coda's features end up in Apple software, but I can also see no mainstream user use them, so no value for Apple there. Siri should/could have a bunch of 'AI' but that's going to need all departments working together, so we won't be seeing that.
    byronlwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    byronlbyronl Posts: 369member
    michelb76 said:
    I'm sure Apple is waiting for AI to mature. I mean, I can totally see some of Coda's features end up in Apple software, but I can also see no mainstream user use them, so no value for Apple there. Siri should/could have a bunch of 'AI' but that's going to need all departments working together, so we won't be seeing that.
    sorry what’s Coda?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Actually, it was big as everyone there was running the new AI software.
    watto_cobrabyronl
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