Rather that researching for a new technology, developing the idea, recruit the people, file the needed patent, maintaining the system, and trying to market product, companies that have the money, may rather buy another company that has them all, without breaking a sweat.
By acquiring new companies, bigger companies can also attract the best of talents in a given field.
And Apple is no exception.
Apple’s been on a shopping spree in a bid to make its Siri digital assistant smarter, that according to a report from GlobalData.
In a web page on its website, GlobalData said that:
On its report, GlobalData found that the four tech companies had collectively bought 60 AI companies, with almost of half of which were acquired by Apple.
And according to Nicklas Nilsson, a senior analyst at GlobalData, many of Apple’s deals were centered on Siri.
For example, Apple acquired machine learning startup Inductiv to improve Siri’s data. Apple also acquired Irish voice tech startup Voysis to improve Siri’s understanding of natural language, acquired PullString to make Siri easier for iOS developers to use, and more.
And while Apple is said to have acquired more AI companies that others, it should be noted that the iPhone-maker doesn’t make all its acquisitions public.
What this means, the real number could be even higher.
The AI shopping spree reflects Apple’s wider strategy on developing tech via acquisitions. Apple's CEO Tim Cook revealed back in February that the company has acquired around 100 companies in just six years.
This is an equivalent of roughly one acquisition every three to four weeks.
"We're not afraid to look at acquisitions of any size," said Cook.
"Focus is on small, innovative companies that complement our products and help push them forward."