This week on AI: Apple’s ‘Neural Engine,’ ‘iPhone 8’ & iPad Pro rumors, new Apple execs & more

Rumors about the “iPhone 8,” new AI technology, and new iPad Pros continued to grow, but there was also news of important corporate maneuvers —including two new executive positions at Apple, and a long-awaited settlement in the company’s legal battle with Nokia.

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Everything you need to know:

  • Apple is working on a ‘Neural Engine’ chip dedicated to AI tasks > >
  • Apple and Nokia agreed to settle their legal fight over patents > >
  • The “iPhone 8” and “7s” should ship sometime after Sept. 17 > >
  • Problems with embedding Touch ID in the “iPhone 8’s” OLED screen may be sorted out > >
  • But forget OLED – Apple may already be testing Micro LED technology > >
  • Apple HR head Denise Young Smith is now in charge of “Inclusion and Diversity” > >
  • Apple News is getting an “editor in chief” > >
  • Qualcomm wants to force Apple suppliers to pay royalties > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, agree to multi-year license

Apple staff blackout dates hint at ‘iPhone 8’ launch post-Sept. 17

TSMC source alleges ‘iPhone 8’ Touch ID embedded in display, wider screen ratio

Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing

Apple HR head Denise Young Smith takes up new role as VP for ‘Inclusion and Diversity’

Apple makes New York Magazine editor Lauren Kern ‘editor in chief’ at Apple News

Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers to pay royalties amid legal dispute

First video of ‘iPhone 8’ mockup hits the web

New renders of Apple’s 10.5″ iPad Pro demonstrate thin bezels, microphone placement

Apple received national security letter in 2016, US government sought data from 20K devices

Cases for Apple’s 2017 iPad Pros hint at tall 10.5-inch model, new mic positions

Apple Music starts charging for three-month trials in some countries

Lawsuit accuses Apple & Visa of stealing ideas behind Apple Pay as Apple teases new tech

Review: DJI’s Mavic Pro is the best iPhone-connected drone you can buy

Samsung order report points to wider adoption of OLED screens in 2018 ‘iPhone 9’ refresh

India promises Apple tax-free iPhone parts imports in exchange for expanded manufacturing

Ikea Tradfri smart bulb system will get Apple HomeKit upgrade in the summer

Apple prepares to test 5G cellular for future iPhones & other devices

Apple puts free Swift curriculum on iBooks, plans courses at US schools

‘iPhone 8’ production problems force late shipments, but little impact on Apple stock, analyst says

Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free for manufacturers in 2018

Dash returns to App Store seven months after review system manipulation accusations

Watch: See DJI’s Jedi-like palm-based gesture controls in action with the new Spark drone

Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple Neural Engine