Citing "numerous sources," Reuters is reporting that Apple is looking to hire at least 86 developers with expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company is said to be particularly interested in job candidates with PhDs.
"In the past, Apple has not been at the vanguard of machine learning and cutting edge artificial intelligence work, but that is rapidly changing," said Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. "They are after the best and the brightest, just like everybody else."
More information about Apple's machine learning plans may become clear on September 9. The company has scheduled an event, and it is expected to make several announcements, including introducing new iPhone models.