News.co.nz The next Apple iPhone will feature an ‘Internet of Things’ component as it prepares to go on sale in September 2018.
According to a report by Reuters, the next iPhone, the iPhone X, will feature a chip with “internet of everything” functionality.
The report said the chip will be “a new type of processor” that will “connect everything” and allow Apple to use its AI and other technologies to help with “customer interaction”.
However, Apple has yet to confirm the existence of the chip.
Apple has previously said the next phone will feature “internet-connected cameras, microphones, sensors, sensors for the heart, cameras for the eye, microphones for the eyes, sensors that connect the skin and sensors for hearing”.
Apple’s “internet” chip will allow Apple’s AI systems to “collect information from all the sensors around it”, the report said.
“The Internet of Things will be an integral part of the next Apple phone, providing a new level of functionality, efficiency and security.”
“The technology is coming and is not going away,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook told analysts during the company’s most recent earnings call.
“We’re making sure that it’s a core part of what we do.”
“We don’t want to just be a technology company, we want to be a leader in a new era of computing.”
Apple has also previously said that its “internet chip” will enable “customers to interact with the world from an Apple Watch or a Mac”, but has not yet confirmed its availability.
Apple’s next iPhone is expected to go up for sale in early September 2018, with a release date of September 29.