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Apple Acquires AI Startup Vilynx to Improve Siri

Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:45 pm PDT by
Apple earlier this year acquired artificial intelligence startup Vilynx with the aim of improving the Siri voice assistant built into Apple devices, reports Bloomberg. The Vilynx website is now defunct, but the company described itself as "AI for media," and it developed tools to help media companies compete against Netflix and other major media giants. Vilynx had a tool that catalogued raw...

Apple Acquired Podcast App Scout FM Earlier This Year

Thursday September 24, 2020 5:21 pm PDT by
In order to continue improving its Podcast offerings experience, Apple earlier this year purchased podcast app Scout FM, reports Bloomberg. The website for Scout FM is now defunct, but it was available on iPhones, Android devices, and Amazon smart speakers. Scout FM generated podcast stations covering various topics, similar to a radio station but for a podcast experience. A person could...

Apple May Have Acquired Virtual Reality Startup 'Spaces'

Monday August 24, 2020 5:02 pm PDT by
Apple has purchased VR startup Spaces, according to a report from Protocol. Spaces last week announced on its website that it was shutting down its existing product. The update said that it was "heading in a new direction," with no additional information provided. Protocol has been told that Apple purchased the startup, but neither Apple nor Spaces confirmed the acquisition. From the website:...

Apple Reportedly Acquired Israeli Photography Startup Camerai Last Year

Thursday August 20, 2020 10:12 am PDT by
Apple quietly acquired Israeli photography startup Camerai around a year and a half ago for several tens of millions of dollars, with many of its employees joining Apple's computer vision team in Israel, according to Calcalist. A separate source confirmed the story to TechCrunch, but Apple has yet to offer an official statement. The report claims that Camerai developed photography-related...

Apple Acquired Mobeewave, a Startup That Lets Smartphones Accept Payments Using NFC

Friday July 31, 2020 6:57 pm PDT by
Apple has purchased payments startup Mobeewave, which created a system that lets shoppers tap a credit card or smartphone on another phone to process a payment. The functionality could allow iPhones to be used as payment terminals with no additional hardware required. According to Bloomberg, Apple purchased the startup for approximately $100 million. Mobeewave's technology works with NFC,...

Apple Acquires Enterprise Device Management Firm Fleetsmith

Wednesday June 24, 2020 9:52 am PDT by
Enterprise security software Fleetsmith is now part of Apple. Fleetsmith is a suite of management and security services that allows users to oversee a fleet of Apple products, automatically managing apps, settings, and security preferences while implementing best practices for IT and security. Fleetsmith has always been focused on Apple products, and now Apple has purchased the company....

Apple Acquires Machine Learning Startup Inductiv to Improve Siri

Thursday May 28, 2020 2:37 am PDT by
Apple has bought Inductiv Inc., a Canada-based machine learning startup, to work on Siri, machine learning and data science, reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The engineering team from Waterloo, Ontario-based Inductiv joined Apple in recent weeks to work on ‌Siri‌, machine learning and data science. Apple confirmed the deal, saying it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we...

Apple Acquired Machine Learning Startup Inductiv for Siri Improvements

Wednesday May 27, 2020 4:35 pm PDT by
Apple recently purchased Ontario-based machine learning startup Inductiv for the purpose of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Apple confirmed the purchase with one of its typical acquisition statements: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Inductiv's engineering team joined Apple after the acquisition to work on ‌...

Apple Acquires Virtual Reality Company NextVR

Thursday May 14, 2020 12:38 pm PDT by
Apple has acquired California-based virtual reality company NextVR, Apple confirmed to Bloomberg today. New's of Apple's planned NEXTVR acquisition first surfaced in April, but it appears the purchase wasn't completed until recently. Apple reportedly spent around $100 million to purchase the company. The NextVR website has disappeared, and there is a message that says the company is...

Apple Reportedly Acquiring NextVR for $100 Million

Monday April 6, 2020 1:41 pm PDT by
Apple is planning to acquire California-based virtual reality company NextVR in a deal said to be worth $100 million, 9to5Mac reported over the weekend. NextVR is a company that melds virtual reality with sports, music, and entertainment, offering VR experiences for watching live events on VR headsets from PlayStation, HTC, Oculus, Google, Microsoft, and other manufacturers. NextVR has...

Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Friday April 3, 2020 3:55 pm PDT by
Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that allows digital voice assistants to better understand natural language. The company worked to improve voice assistants in online shopping apps, allowing software to better interpret requests from users. The website, which is now defunct, said that the...

Apple Acquires Weather App Dark Sky

Tuesday March 31, 2020 11:22 am PDT by
Apple has acquired weather app Dark Sky, Dark Sky's developers announced today. Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps on the App Store, known for its accuracy and storm warnings. Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy. There is no ...

Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Company Xnor.ai

Wednesday January 15, 2020 11:01 am PST by
Apple has purchased Seattle startup Xnor.ai, a company that specializes in on-device artificial intelligence, reports GeekWire, citing sources with knowledge of the acquisition. Apple is said to have paid around $200 million for Xnor.ai, and while both Apple and Xnor.ai have declined to comment on the potential acquisition, much of the Xnor.ai website has been taken offline and GeekWire says...

Apple Buys UK-Based Company 'Spectral Edge' to Bolster iPhone's Photographic Capabilities

Thursday December 12, 2019 1:39 pm PST by
Apple has purchased UK-based photography company Spectral Edge, reports Bloomberg. The Spectral Edge website is now defunct, but the company had developed a mathematical technique for improving photographic imagery in real-time. Created in 2014 from academic research at the University of East Anglia, Spectral Edge's algorithm is able to enhance low-light smartphone images, something that could ...

Apple May Have Acquired Motion Capture Company IKinema [Update: Confirmed]

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:59 pm PDT by
Apple may have recently acquired UK-based motion capture company IKinema, based on evidence from company filings and information shared by a MacRumors reader. IKinema offers animation technology that's used for games, virtual reality, and more. Earlier this year, for example, IKinema partnered with Ubisoft for IKinema's RunTime software for character creation. IKinema specialized in technology ...

Apple May Have Acquired AI Visual Search Startup Fashwell [Updated]

Wednesday August 7, 2019 12:21 pm PDT by
Apple may have purchased image recognition startup Fashwell, a company that designed an engine able to recognize products in images to make photos shoppable. Fashwell CEO Matthias Dantone, CSO Lukas Bossard, and CTO Michael Emmersberger all list Apple as an employer as of January 2019, suggesting an acquisition in late 2018. Dantone's LinkedIn profile says that he works on Apple's machine ...

Apple Reportedly in Process of Acquiring Self-Driving Vehicle Company Drive.ai

Thursday June 6, 2019 7:09 am PDT by
Apple is in the process of acquiring self-driving vehicle startup Drive.ai in order to boost its own development of a self-driving vehicle system, according to unnamed sources cited by The Information's Amir Efrati and Alex Heath. The planned deal is described as an "acqui-hire," suggesting that Apple is interested in the company primarily for its employees rather than its technology. The...

Apple Acquired Tueo Health, a Startup Developing an Asthma Monitoring App

Friday May 24, 2019 2:30 pm PDT by
Apple in 2018 acquired Tueo Health, a startup working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms in sleeping children, reports CNBC. Tueo's CEO and COO, Brownwyn Harris and Anura Patil, changed their employers from Tueo to Apple in late 2018, which is perhaps when the acquisition was completed. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment to CNBC on the acquisition, and it's not known ...

Apple Has Reportedly Acquired Italian Startup Stamplay

Thursday March 21, 2019 9:40 am PDT by
Apple has acquired Italian startup Stamplay, which offered an API-based back-end development platform, according to Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The report claims Apple paid around five million euros for the company. The report does not cite Apple's standard statement for acquisitions, which typically reads "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do...

Apple Purchases Machine Learning Startup Laserlike

Wednesday March 13, 2019 1:32 pm PDT by
Apple last year acquired Laserlike, a machine learning startup located in Silicon Valley, reports The Information. Apple's purchase of the four-year-old company was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson with a standard acquisition statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Laserlike's website says that its core...