Apple Acquires French Startup Datakalab



In the fast-paced world of tech, staying ahead of the curve is key. And Apple, the tech giant known for its innovative products, seems to be making strategic moves to up its game in artificial intelligence (AI).

According to the latest insights from industry expert Mark Gurman, Apple is making strides in the AI department, aiming to catch up with industry leaders like OpenAI and Google.

Datakalab, founded in 2016 by brothers Xavier and Lucas Fischer, specializes in low-power deep learning algorithms designed to operate entirely on-device. These algorithms are not only efficient in terms of execution but also respectful of user privacy, ticking all the boxes for Apple’s new AI strategy.

But here’s the twist, Apple isn’t just following the crowd. Instead of relying on server-side AI models, which often raise concerns about user privacy, Apple is pivoting towards on-device AI. This means running large language models (LLMs) directly on iPhones and other devices, keeping user data safe and sound within the device’s confines.

So, what’s the big deal about on-device AI? Well, for starters, it’s all about privacy. With on-device models, your personal data stays put, reducing the risk of it being shared or accessed by external servers. Plus, it means faster processing times since data doesn’t need to travel back and forth between devices and servers.


Apple and Datakalab

Creating powerful yet energy-efficient on-device AI models. And that’s where Apple’s recent acquisition of French startup Datakalab comes into play.


The acquisition, which took place late last year but is only now making waves thanks to French business magazine Challenges, signals Apple’s commitment to developing cutting-edge AI technology. And with several former Datakalab employees joining Apple’s ranks, the tech giant is poised to accelerate its on-device AI efforts.

As Apple dives deeper into on-device AI, the possibilities seem endless. Could this innovative approach and acquiring Datakalab changes with how we interact with our Apple devices? Only time will tell.