Apple acquisition of Init.ai bolsters Siri team

Apple has acquired a six-person startup called Init.ai that is known for "...a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions." 

 Via  Init.ai

TechCrunch, which spilled the news today, notes that no intellectual property (i.e., patents, research, etc...) has been included in the deal, and the main reason for Apple's acquisition was to get the Init.ai team to work on Siri.

It's also thought that the Init.ai team may be tasked with building out Business Chat, a feature of Messages that was announced at WWDC 2017 but not actually included in iOS 11. Business Chat apparently allows users to chat with businesses for customer support, information like location and business hours, and more.