Core ML in depth 

Session 710 WWDC 2017

Dive deeper into the details of the new Core ML framework. Explore how machine learning model development and app development fit together. Take a closer look at how models are represented and how models can be converted from popular machine learning and deep learning libraries, and learn about the performance optimizations Core ML does behind the scenes.

Good morning, everyone.

My name is Krishna and I’m from the Core ML Engineering team, and today we’re going to talk about Core ML in Depth.

This year, we introduced Core ML.

It’s the easiest way for you to integrate machine learning models in your applications.

Core ML is available on macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

We had a session on Tuesday that introduced Core ML.

For those of you that missed that session, let’s just take a couple moments to recap some of the key things we learned in that session.

Now the first and the most important thing about Core ML is that you can think of your machine learning models just like code, and you interact with them just like any other Swift class.

Your workflow looks a bit like this.

You start with a machine learning model, you drag and drop that model into Xcode, Xcode will automatically generate a Swift or an Objective C interface for you to program against that model.

You write your application code, you build it.

Xcode will bundle both the code as well as the model in your app.

In that session, we also saw a little demo of a flower predictor.

It was an application where given a picture, let’s say this pink rose, the application is supposed to tell you what kind of a flower it was and how confident it was.

We saw that in order to use that or build that application, it just took a few lines of code.

One line of code to instantiate the model, and one line of code to make a prediction from that model.

So in this session, we’re going to pick up from where we left off and we’re going to talk a little bit more about the different kinds of use cases, all the cool stuff you guys can do with Core ML.

We’re then going to talk about how Core ML is optimized for the hardware on which it runs for or runs on, and what that means for you as a developer.

Finally, we’re going to talk about how you can obtain Core ML models for use in all your applications.

So it’s going to be a fun session with a couple demos, let’s get started.

So you’ve already seen an example of an app that used images, the flower predictor.

But with Core ML you can do a lot more than just images.

You can work with gestures, let’s say handwriting detection on the watch.

You can work with video, let’s say you want to do credit card detection.

You can work with audio, and you can even work with text.

Now by taking inputs of all of these different types, you can build a large variety of applications.

Let’s say you want to build an application that as you type some text it tells you if it’s a happy text or a sad text or a passive aggressive text or angry.

You can do that with Sentiment Analysis, and we’ll see a little demo of that today.

You can with Style Transfer you can even make pictures of your family look like Vincent Van Gogh paintings.

And with Gesture Recognition, you can have a whole new way to take inputs to your applications.

Now all of these are amazing possibilities because with Core ML you can use a large variety of models.

You can use Classical Machine Learning Models like Generalized Linear Models, Trees, and Support Vector Machines.

Now these ones are great because they are small, you can make fast predictions with them and they are on any device.

But you can also work with a large variety of Neural Networks.

We have support for over 30 different layer types and that’s huge.

You can do things like Feedforward and Convolution Linear Networks for all your image and video-based applications, and you can also do things like Recurrent Neural Networks or LSDMs for all of your text-based applications.

We’ll take a look at Recurrent Neural Networks in today’s session.

In fact, with Core ML you can also combine models of various different types.

So you can take, let’s say, a Neural Network and combine it with a Tree and then you can get one big model with that.

So this concept is called a Pipeline.

But most importantly for you as a developer, we want you to focus on the code that you’re writing in your apps and not on the specific complexities of the model that’s running there.

And we achieve that by giving you a functional abstraction viewer models.

So all you need to care is your models are prediction functions that take in some inputs and give out some outputs.

And these inputs and outputs can be of five different types; numeric, categorical, images, arrays, and dictionaries.

Now let’s just take a little look at each of these five different types.

So numerics and categories are exposed to you in Swift as doubles, integers or strings.

So it’s very natural.

We have a little example of an application that uses these two types on

It’s an application that does house price prediction.

So some of the inputs to this model are numeric, that is they’re continuous so you can go from zero to infinity.

And some of them are categorical or discrete, so you go zero, 1, 2, 3, 4.

You’ve already seen an example of using images.

Now these images are exposed to you as CVPixelBuffers.

For the more complex things like gestures, audio and video, we have a new type called MLMultiArray to encapsulate a multidimensional array.

And for a lot of your text-based applications, you’ll be interacting with dictionaries.

Here are the dictionaries.

The keys are either strings or integers, and the values are doubles.

Let’s take a little look at using Text and working with Dictionaries.

And we’re going to do that with an application of Sentiment Analysis.

Now I’ve always wanted this app where if I type some text I want the UI to pop and reflect the mood that I’m in.

So if I say Core ML is awesome!

I love using it!

I want it to go green and I want, like, a happy face.

And if I talk to you about, say, how bad the lunch was.

Like, today’s lunch was disappointing and sad.

I want it to go red.

So that’s what I want to do.

So what does it take to build an application like this?

So I’m going to start with an app shell where the user can type in some text.

As soon as the user hits the space bar, I’m going to take all of that text, give it to a machine learning model, and get back a sentiment prediction.

So the sentiment prediction is either going to be happy, neutral or sad.

As soon as I get back this prediction, I’m going to go back and quickly update the UI to reflect the mode I’m in.

The most important thing for you to note is all of this can happen real time on the device as the user is typing, so it makes for an amazing experience.

So let’s see how you can go ahead and build that app.

Well, the most important thing here is the model, and for this we’re going to use a Sentiment Analysis model.

But for this sent Sentiment Analysis model is going to operate on word counts not on the raw text, but on word counts.

So these word counts will be represented as dictionaries where the keys are the words and the values are the number of times that word appears in a sentence.

So Core ML is awesome.

I love using it.

Translates to a dictionary that looks a bit like this.

So once I have my Word Counts I can pass that to my Sentiment Analysis model and I can get back a prediction.

In this case it’s “happy”.

But you might wonder, okay, how do I go for my raw text to word count.

Well, you might have already seen the session on NLP, but you can use the already existing tools in the NSLinguisticTagger to tokenize and count number of words.

So I’ll use NLP to preprocess my texts, specifically the NSLinguisticTagger, and then I’m going to get my word counts which I’ll then give to a model and get a prediction out of it.

So with that, you can build an application like this.

But let’s not just talk about it, let’s go ahead and do it.

So I’m going to walk over and open up Xcode.

So what I have here is Xcode and a simulator.

The simulator is now running an app shell.

The app shell doesn’t have the model in there, so if I type something, let’s say, Core ML is amazing, amazing fun, nothing really happens to the UI.

So what we’re going to do right now is we’re going to go ahead and incorporate the machine learning model in here so that this app is going to become much more vibrant.

So the first thing I’m going to do is open up Finder and drag the Sentiment Analysis model into Xcode.

Let’s go take a look at what this model is.

So as you can see, this is a Sentiment Analysis model.

The type of this model is a Pipeline Classifier, so it does a couple different things before it gives the final prediction.

It’s only 167 kilobytes, so it’s pretty tiny.

And the inputs to this model are word counts, and the word counts are dictionaries where the key is the word and the value is the number of time that word appeared.

And I get two outputs from this model, a Sentiment Label, that’s one of two things.

It’s either good or bad.

And a Sentiment Score, which is a probability associated with the good sentiment or the bad sentiment.

So that’s a dictionary.

So what I’m going to use in this application is I’m going to use the Sentiment Score to determine within a range of zero to 1 how nice this text was, and that’s what I’m going to be using to update my UI.

So let me go ahead and include this model in the target of my application, and then Xcode will automatically generate a nice interface for me.

So I can go back to my ViewController and now I’m going to implement the logic to incorporate this Machine Learning Model in there.

So for that, I’m going to implement this function, predict SentimentScoreFromRawText.

So this function is going to take a sentence which is the entire string.

It gets called every time the user types a space, and what it returns is a double value between zero and 1, where zero is really, really sad and 1 is really, really happy.

So the first thing I want to do is I’m going to instantiate this model, and I can simply do that by saying let model = SentimentAnalysis.

And then I’m going to predict use this model to make this prediction.

But as you can see, the input here is a sentence but what I really want is a word count.

So I’ve already implemented this function called tokenizeAndCountWords.

This function uses the NSLinguisticTagger to tokenize the sentence and then count the number of tokens in that sentence.

So I’m going to skip over that and I’m just going to call that function.

So I’m going to say let WordCounts = tokenizeAndCountWords sentence.

And then I’m going to use this word count and provide that to my model.

So I’m going to say if let prediction = try model.prediction(wordCounts), and simply pass that wordCount there.

And if this succeeds, I’m going to use the prediction object to get out the sentiment score, but because I want a value between zero and 1 I’m going to get the score and not the label.

So I’ll take the sentiment score associated with the sentiment “good” and I’ll return that to my UI.

And if this fails, by any chance, I’m going to go down 0.5.

So I have a little error handling here as well.

So I’m going to go ahead and build that application.

So during this process, as you might be aware, the model and the code are both getting packaged and getting shipped to the device.

Another thing to note is that the compiler, the Core ML compiler gets shipped as part of the Xcode pool chain.

So if you want to compile them all or run the code generator yourself, you can use the compiler directly.

So now let’s go use this app and let’s type something nice.

Let’s type “Core ML is amazing fun.”

That’s what I want to write.

“Core ML is amazing fun and I love using it.”

So immediately you saw the UI popped and I got a little green and I’m happy and, you know, this is great.

[ Applause ]

But now I want to type something bad, but I don’t really want to make fun of anything or anyone so I want to talk about how my life is terrible without CoreML.

“Life without CoreML is sloppy, terrible and sad.”

So obviously the UI is really sad because, you know, life without Core ML is really sad.

So what we really saw was a seamless integration between NLP and Core ML, so I built this Sentiment Analysis Model and I was able to make my application a lot more vibrant.

And all of this was happening in real time on the device as the user typed it.

So that was pretty cool.

Let’s go recap the two main things that we talked about in this demo.

So the first thing was that the preprocess text we use the NSLinguisticTagger.

The second thing was that once I got those word counts I could then give it to a model and get a prediction out of it.

And this is a pattern you’re going to encounter a lot with text based applications because most text space applications do not work directly on raw text.

There’s always a little bit of preprocessing that you have to do for it.

But that was really a simple example.

It was an introductory example.

Let’s step our game, let’s get to the next level.

Let’s talk about something you’ve all interacted with on a daily basis.

This is the Apple keyboard.

Now, when you type words in the Apple keyboard, as you might all be aware, you get very contextual predictions of what’s the next most likely word you’re going to type.

So if I say, “I’m not sure if Oliver will eat oysters, but he will.”

They keyboard tells you “so”, “totally” and “love” are three likely words you’re going to type next.

So how do you go about building something as sophisticated as this?

So this is a predictive keyboard, and the machine learning task here is to make a prediction for the next word.

The model that’s being used here or the model that will be used in an application like this is usually a model that takes the sequence of words.

So “I’m not sure Oliver will eat oysters, but he will.”

is a sequence of words.

I give that as input to the model and I get a prediction.

So you might wonder, okay, what’s the difference between this model that we just saw and the Sentiment Analysis one?

They look the same to me.

The key difference is that here the input is a sequence of words.

So if you jumble up the words and give it to the model you’re going to get a completely different prediction.

And to do something like this, most machine learning models will have a notion of state that’s associated with them, and that’s how they get this behavior.

And the state gets passed along as every prediction is made.

So it’s like a baton in a relay race.

Every time you make a prediction, take the state and pass it along.

We’re going to do something like this using an LSDM, usually.

Specifically, like a [inaudible] network.

But with Core ML, all of this is going to be a lot easier.

So, let’s take a look at what you do but we’ll do it with a little more fun application.

We’ll do it with a Shakespeare Keyboard.

So instead of a regular keyboard, this keyboard is going to make me sound like Shakespeare.

So if I say, “Shall I compare?”

It should say “thee”, “summers”, “day” are the next three words I’m likely to type.

So, what’s really the difference between the Shakespeare Keyboard and the regular keyboard?

It’s really the model that’s predicting the next word.

So one of those models is trained on Shakespeare data and another one is just trained on regular English data.

So this concept is the Language Model.

So I just threw so many new concepts at you, a Language Model, Sequences, LSDM, but don’t worry, with Core ML this should be a lot easier.

Let’s see how you would do something like this.

So I start with a model and I’m going to give it the first word, let’s say in this case, “Shall”.

That’s the current word.

And what I’ll get back from the model are two things.

A set of choices for the next word.

So in this case I get basically a probability associated with all the set of next words, and I’m also going to get a state associated with this prediction.

So I’ll take these next word choices and I’ll give them to the user.

The user will either select one of those three words or maybe they’ll type their own word.

Either way I get a next word.

I’ll use that next word, pass it back to the model for the next prediction, and I’m also going to take the state, pass it back to the model for the next prediction.

So in steady state every time you’re going to do two things.

You’re going to take the current word in the state and give it to the model, and what you’ll get back are the set of choices for the next word and some state.

And the second thing you’re going to do is you’re going to pass that all back to the model for the next prediction.

So, it’s pretty simple.

Let’s see what the code would look like to do something like that.

So I’m going to start by saying let output = model.prediction(input).

I’ll take the probabilities associated with the next word and I’ll give it to a function say displayTopPredictions which says selects the top 3 and gives that to the user.

The user is either going to select one of those 3 words or maybe type their own, either way I’ll get that from this function getWordFromUser and I’ll pass that back to the input as the current word.

I’ll take the state, pass it along to the model again.

So in just a few lines of code, you can integrate a more less complex as an LSDM that involves state, the language model, keyboard, all sorts of things in just a few lines of code.

So that was about the different sets of use cases and a little bit about text.

Now let’s talk about how Core ML is optimized for the hardware on which it runs and most importantly what that means for all of you when you’re building apps.

So we’re going to motivate that with a little video of real time object detection.

What’s important to note here is that the camera feed is live going to a model, and a relatively powerful model, and you’re getting accurate predictions as you see, live.

And this is only possible because Core ML is super optimized for the hardware on which it runs.

And in this case, the model runs in about, say, under 50 milliseconds.

I was hoping nobody laugh because this joke has been said 7 times already.

[ Laughter and Applause ]

So what really matters for you is that Core ML is built on top of the performance primitives, Accelerate and MPS.

But more importantly, it completely hides the hardware from you so you don’t have to worry about whether it’s running on the CPU or the GPU.

So that demo that you saw, you might ask, okay, how many knobs did I have to turn to get that to work?

Well it’s zero.

That’s the performance you’ll get out of the box.

[ Applause ]

So specifically that demo that you saw and flower predictor that you saw earlier, those two were compute heavy tasks, and we knew that so we showed you them on the GPU.

Whereas some of the text based demos like Sentiment Analysis and Next Word Prediction, these were memory heavy tasks and that’s why we showed you them on the CPU.

But most importantly, they all just run on Core ML so you don’t have to worry about where it’s running.

We’ve got your back.

And this kind of abstraction lets us do powerful things.

So for the Image Captioning, for example, where part of that model is compute heavy and part of that model is memory heavy, we automatically contact Switch from the GPU to the CPU so that you can get the best of both worlds.

So this was all about use cases and performance, but Core ML is much more than just the framework.

It’s a file format and a collection of tools to help you get more and more models that you can use in your apps.

And to talk about that, I’d like to invite my friend and colleague, Zach.

[ Applause ]

Thanks, Krishna.

Hi. My name is Zach and I’m an engineer on the Core ML Engineering Team.

[ Applause ]

And I’m really excited to talk to you today about the Core ML Model Format and where you can get models in this format for use in your apps.

So by now, you’ve seen this diagram many times and this shows how easy it is to use a Machine Learning Model.

Simply drag and drop it into Xcode and you get a code interface.

But by now you’re probably wondering where do these models come from?

Well, there are really two places you can look for Machine Learning Models in the Core ML Model Format.

The first is the example models on

These are a variety of pre-trained models already in the Core ML Model Format and this is the easiest way to get started if you’re new to machine learning.

But we also know there’s a whole wide world of machine learning out there.

There are a lot of existing popular training tools and a lot of existing models out there in these formats already.

So we want to make it possible to take machine learning models, trained using the most popular tools, and use them in your apps today.

So to that end, we’ve created Core ML Tools.

It’s a converter package that takes models in a variety of popular formats and converts them into the Core ML Model Format and it’s open source.

[ Applause ]

We’ve released Core ML Tools under the permissive BSD license so that there are no barriers to adoption.

So to get a model off the internet somewhere, you’re going to start with a model in a different format.

Let’s say Caffe.

So Caffe is a really popular deep learning training library.

If you’re starting with a model in, say, Caffe Format, the way that you get it into Core ML Model Format and to use it in your application is to run it through a converter from Core ML Tools.

Or if you don’t find a model out there that does what you want, you can start with your own training data and use any of a variety of these popular tools to train your own model in that format.

From there, again, you run the converter to produce a model in Core ML Model Format and the rest of the workflow stays exactly the same.

Simply drag and drop the model into Xcode and you get a code interface.

[ Applause ]

Using Core ML Tools is as easy as pip install coremltools which downloads and installs the package.

This is a python package with converters for a variety of popular training tools, and most of these tools are already in python.

So to be part of that machine learning ecosystem, this is a python library as well.

Let’s look at the breakdown of what’s inside this package.

At the very top are each of the converters, and this is a set of converters, one for each popular training library.

Underneath that, we have Core ML bindings and a converter library, and this is what we’ve used to build all of the converters.

So here the Core ML bindings allow you to call directly into Core ML from python and get backup prediction, and that’s really useful to verify that the prediction you get for a converted model is exactly the same as the prediction you would get with the original training framework.

We also have a converter library, which is a high-level API for building converters, and its shared code among all of these converters so that make it really easy to build new converters for new formats.

Underneath all of that is the Core ML Specification.

This is a read and write API to the Core ML Model Format directly.

So all of the individual fields can be accessed here.

We’ve designed the package this way so that it’s compatible and extensible.

At the top level, the converters give Core ML compatibility with a variety of popular tools.

Underneath that, the Core ML Bindings, Converter Library, and the Core ML Specification make this package extensible so it’s easy to build new converters and to build converters for a lot of existing formats that aren’t there yet.

And because this is open source, it’s easy to take this package and even integrate it into another open source library and build new converters on top.

And there are no restrictions here.

This is BSD licensed.

[ Applause ]

The Core ML Model Format is a single document format and it encapsulates both the functional description of the model in terms of its inputs and outputs, as well as the trained parameters of the model.

So to look at an example, for a simple model like a Linear Regression, this would be the set of weights and offset that are learned at training time.

And for a more complex model like a Neural Network, this actually encapsulates both the structure of the network as well as the learned weights at training time.

And this is a public file format and it’s fully documented on

When you look at a Machine Learning Model in Xcode, you see a view something like this.

You get all of the metadata and the functional interface, and what we now see is that that’s entirely powered by this Core ML Model Format.

So the Single Document Format contains all the information Xcode needs to give you a UI on top of this model and to let your code call it and then to execute it on device.

The Core ML converters all work in the same way.

They start by taking a model in a source format, for instance Caffe, and converting it into the Core ML Model Format.

There’s a set of unified APIs to convert these models from a variety of formats into Core ML Format.

So if you know how to convert from one format, you know how to convert from all formats.

Let’s take an example and look more closely at how we would convert a Caffe model.

Caffe works a bit like this.

It has several files to represent the model.

The .caffemodel file represents the learned weights in that model which the .prototxt file represents the structure of the Neural Network.

When Caffe is doing inference, you would start by taking an image, say, like a rose like this, and you’d pass it into Caffe with these two files.

And Caffe would give back an index of a class label like, say, 74.

Then there’s a third file, a labels.txt that maps those indices to string class labels like “Rose”.

So it’s important to note that those 3 files really encapsulate together all of the information in the model, and so that’s what’s needed for conversion into the Core ML Format.

So now, let’s look at an example of converting a Caffe model into a Core ML Model.

[ Applause ]

I’m going to start by opening an interactive python prompt here.

So we can type python code and see the output in the real time.

So I’m going to start by importing coremltools.

Again, this is the name of that package in python.

And as soon as that’s done, I can just type coremltools.

And when I’m working with a new python package, the first thing I like to do is tab complete on it and see what’s available in the API.

So here on tab complete, we can see that coremltools contains converters which is each of those high-level converters from another format into the Core ML Format, as well as models, specification version and utils which are the framework bindings and the converter library, and together with those you can build a new converter and test that it gives the same predictions as the original training framework.

And the .protonamesbase which contains the read and write APIs for the Core ML Model Format.

Today we’re going to focus on the converters.

So again, if I do .converters and then tab complete once more, I can see all of the converters that are available in this name space right now.

So there’s caffe, keras, libsvn, scikit-learn, and xgboost.

And today we’re going to focus on Caffe.

So once more I’ll do .caffe and tab complete and see what’s available.

And it just tab completed for me.

Convert. So it’s that simple.

There’s just one function in here called convert, and let’s look at how we would use that.

So first I’m going to start by setting up the inputs.

So I know I have a Caffe model defined by two files.

So I’m going to say caffemodel = and I’m going to give a two pole of two strings pointing to the file names of that Caffe Model, which are flowers.caffemodel and flowers.prototxt.

And together those represent the learned weights in the network as well as the network structure.

Next I’m going to set up a class label file.

So I’m going to say labels = and I have labels.txt here.

And that represents the mapping of numeric indices to string class labels.

Now to run the converter.

It’s very simple.

All I have to do is say coremlmodel = coremltools .converters.caffe.convert and it all tab completes, and I’m just going to pass in that caffemodel and classlabels = labels.

So I’m just passing in those three files.

And when the converter finishes, what I get back is a Core ML Model.

Right here in python, I can print out the model and see the interface that I get with that model.

So I can see that it has one input named “data” and that input is a multi-array which shaped 3 by 227 by 227 and typed double.

And we’ll get back to that in a minute.

It also has 2 outputs.

One is named “prob” and it’s a dictionary with string keys, so that’s going to represent the probabilities for each possible class label.

And another output named classLabel as a string, and that’s simply going to be the most likely class label.

So for convenience, you don’t have to look at all the probabilities to find out which one is the most likely.

But looking at this, I know that this input type is not quite the interface that I wanted the model to have, so I can go back and run the converter with another parameter to modify the input type because instead of a multi-array, I would like for this model to take an image as input.

So I’m going to go back and add image input names = data.

And again, just looking at the output here, you can see that the input name is data, so it’s going to know what to do with that input.

If I run the converter once more and then again print out the model interface, now I see that the input named data is an image with width 227, height 227, and color space RGB.

[ Applause ]

Now that we have a Core ML Model, let’s check and make sure that the conversion succeeded and thus we get correct predictions with this Core ML Model.

I’m going to start by importing the python image library so that I can work with images and pass an image directly into the model.

So I’m going to say from PIL input Image and then Rose = rose.jpg.

And just to prove to you I’ve got nothing up my sleeve, I’m going to call and show you that this is indeed a picture of a rose.

[ Applause ]

You don’t need to clap for that.

[ Laughter ]

So now that I’ve shown that this image actually does represent a rose, let’s see if the model agrees.

So checking the prediction is as easy as calling coremlmodel.predict, and this is that Core ML framework binding that we talked about earlier.

And we’re going to pass the input named data the value rose.

And immediately we get back a prediction of class label rose.

[ Applause ]

But let’s make sure the model let’s make sure it’s not a fluke and let’s make sure the model really knows that this is a rose.

So we’re going to scroll down through the class probabilities until we see rose here.

And we can see that the model is actually very confident that this is a rose.

So this is .991 out of 1 confidence that this is a rose.

So I’m going to conclude that probably this model did convert correctly.

If I was doing this in a real application, I would want to actually test this a bit more rigorously so I would provide more than one example and I would also want to check that the predictions that I get here from Core ML are exactly the same as the predictions that Caffe would have given me for the same input, and that’s how we know that the conversion has succeeded.

But that will take too long for this demo so let’s move on.

What I’m going to do now is save the model out and then look at it in Xcode.

So I’m, going to say, and I’m going to call it FlowerPredictor.mlmodel.

And then I’m just going to open the current directory and finder and double-click that model to open it in Xcode.

And what we can see here is that it’s a Machine Learning Model with name FlowerPredictor.

Type is Neural Network Classifier and its size is 229.1 megabytes.

But there’s a lot of missing information, too.

It doesn’t know the author, the license, the description or the descriptions for the inputs and outputs.

So while this is a working model, it’s not necessarily one I would want to give to a colleague or put on the internet because it’s not quite as useful if it doesn’t really declare what it’s supposed to do and how to use it.

So I’m going to be a good citizen and go back and give this model some metadata.

Back in the python prompt, I can just mutate the model right here by assigning to fields at the top level.

So I can say author = “Zach Nation”.

coremlmodel.license = “BSD”.

coremlmodel.shortdescription = a flower classifier.

And let’s set the help text for those inputs and outputs as well, because not only does that show up in the Xcode view, but when the generated code is there and you can call into it that actually becomes documentation comments in the generated code.

So when your tab completing an Xcode this is what someone consuming this mode will see.

So I’m going to say coremlmodel.inputdescription for “data” is an image of a flower.

And coremlmodel.outputdescription “prob” is the probabilities for each flower type, for the given input.

And coremlmodel.outputdescription “classLabel” is “The most likely type of flower, for the given input.”

And now we can just save that model once again and I’m just going to clobber the file that was there because now I want the one with metadata.

So I’m going to just save it right on top of the file that was there before and open that directory and finder again.

And now when I double-click the model and open it in Xcode, we can see that it contains useful metadata describing how the model is intended should be used and what the inputs and outputs do.

[ Applause ]

So to recap, what we saw is that using Core ML Tools to convert a model is as easy as import coremltools, setting up the inputs, and then calling a simple high-level convert function to get back a model in Core ML Model Format.

And the best part is, let’s say you switch training frameworks from Caffe to Keras, switching converters is as easy as updating the name space because all of the convert functions share the same high-level API [ Applause ]

Core ML Tools supports Caffe and Keras models as Neural Networks.

Scikit-Learn for Pipelines.

Scikit-Learn and XGBoost for Tree Ensembles, and LIBSVM and Scikit-Learn for Linear Models and Support Vector Machines.

It’s also worth noting that Keras is a really powerful high-level interface to several popular deep learning training tools, including TensorFlow.

So if you’re training a TensorFlow Model in Keras, you can use Core ML Tools to convert it into Core ML Model Format.

[ Applause ]

Obtaining models, you want to look in two places.

One is the set of example models on

And again, these are pre-training models already in the Core ML Model Format and so this is the easiest way to get started if you’re new to Machine Learning or if one of these models does the task that you’re trying to do in your app.

But because there’s a whole world of machine learning out there and a variety of models in use cases in a variety of formats, we’ve created Core ML Tools to allow you to convert from any of these popular formats into the Core ML Model Format.

[ Applause ]

So, in summary, what we’ve learned today is that Core ML makes it really easy to integrate Machine Learning Models into your app.

Simply drag and drop into Xcode and you get a code interfaced to the model.

Core ML has rich datatype support for a variety of use cases and it deals with datatypes that you’re already familiar with from your app code.

Core ML is hardware optimized and it’s built on top of performance primitives like Metal Performance Shaders and Accelerate so that you get the best possible performance on device.

And through Core ML Tools, Core ML is compatible with the most popular Machine Learning Formats and more will be added over time.

For more information, please see with our session number 710.

We have a couple of related sessions coming up you may be interested in.

To look at some low-level details about how we get such good performance on this hardware, check out the Accelerate and Metal 2 sessions.

Thank you.

[ Applause ]

Apple, Inc. AAPL
1 Infinite Loop Cupertino CA 95014 US