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AI revolution for iPhones? Apple integrates OpenAI’s ChatGPT, unveils ‘Apple Intelligence’

Apple announced on Monday a groundbreaking partnership with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT into its devices, unveiling a new “Apple Intelligence” system.

This announcement, made by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), marks a significant move by the company to enhance its AI capabilities and remain competitive in the tech industry.

Key Upgrades and Features

The collaboration will lead to a smarter Siri voice assistant and more personalised features across Apple devices. Siri will now be able to tap into ChatGPT’s vast knowledge and processing power, allowing it to handle more complex tasks and provide more nuanced responses to user queries.

Cook highlighted the “next big step” for Apple, which includes:

  • Enhanced Siri: Siri will now be able to ask ChatGPT questions, but only with user permission, ensuring user control over AI interactions.
  • No Subscription Required: Access to these new AI features will be free for Apple users.
  • Privacy Focused: “Apple Intelligence” features will be powered by Apple’s own chips and will run locally on devices or on secure Apple cloud servers. This ensures that user data remains protected and doesn’t leave the user’s control.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, reassured users that their personal data would remain protected, saying, “It’s aware of your personal data without collecting your personal data.”

Also read: OpenAI begins training of GPT-4 successor, forms safety board

This focus on privacy is a clear attempt to differentiate Apple from rivals like Google and Amazon, who have faced criticism for their data collection practices.

Generative AI Integration

Apple’s proprietary generative AI, dubbed “Apple Intelligence,” will include features such as:

  • Image Generation
  • Custom Emojis
  • Advanced functionalities in native apps

These features will be available on iOS 18, iPad, and Mac later this year.

For iPhone users, Apple Intelligence translates to a smarter and more personalised experience. Siri will be able to handle complex tasks with greater ease, from scheduling appointments and booking flights to composing emails and generating creative text formats.

Also read: OpenAI faces possible restructuring to traditional company model

Additionally, Apple announced new tools for developers to integrate AI features into their apps, opening doors for even more innovative and powerful applications tailored to the Nigerian market.

Industry Reactions

While CCS Insight analyst Leo Gebbie praised the partnership, noting it reassures investors about Apple’s competitive stance in AI, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed concerns. Musk warned he might ban Apple devices at his companies if the integration happens at the operating system level, citing security issues.

Broader Context

Apple’s move comes amid intense competition in the AI sector. Giants like Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta are all pushing the boundaries of AI technology. Microsoft, for instance, has invested billions in OpenAI.

Other Announcements

In addition to the AI developments, Apple also announced the international rollout of its Vision Pro headset, initially released in the US. Pre-orders will be available in countries including China, Japan, Singapore, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, and Australia this month.

The conference, held at Apple Park, saw attendees directed under the morning sun by enthusiastic Apple employees. Despite the high expectations and elaborate presentations, the market reaction was subdued, with Apple shares dipping 1.9 per cent on the day.

This partnership with OpenAI signifies Apple’s strategic leap into the AI space, aiming to deliver innovative and privacy-conscious AI solutions to its global user base.

Also read: Nvidia overtakes Apple to become world’s second most valuable company

While the long-term impact of Apple Intelligence remains to be seen, one thing is clear: Apple is determined to be a major player in the AI game.

With a focus on user privacy and a strategic partnership with OpenAI, Apple Intelligence has the potential to redefine how users interact with their devices. The coming months will reveal how effectively Apple can integrate these new features and how users respond to the smarter and more personalised iPhone experience promised by Apple Intelligence.

Samuel Bolaji

Samuel Bolaji holds a Master of Letters in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an experienced researcher, multimedia journalist, writer, and Editor. He is currently the Editor of Arbiterz.

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