Can Apple buy its way to AI success?

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Apple certainly seems all in on artificial intelligence these days, even though the company’s execs barely ever uttered the word “AI” before recently.

A lengthy string of AI acquisitions — and the recent shuttering of the secret Apple car project, reportedly to focus on generative AI initiatives — point toward a company scrambling to catch up with tech’s buzziest sector.

The latest indicator is Apple snatching up Canadian AI startup DarwinAI. After the deal, “dozens of DarwinAI’s employees have joined Apple’s artificial intelligence division,” according to Bloomberg, which broke the story Thursday.

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