ChatGPT is baked into Apple Intelligence

Apple is partnering with OpenAI for cloud-based AI inquiries using GPT-4o.


As rumored, Apple confirmed at WWDC 2024 that it’s partering with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT to the iPhone and other devices. GPT-4o will power cloud-based Apple Intelligence queries in iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia.

Apple’s Craig Federighi said the new AI-powered Siri can (with your permission) tap into ChatGPT’s knowledge base “when it might be helpful.” Examples include asking for menu ideas for an elaborate meal with specific ingredients. You can also include photos with your questions, like asking for decorating advice based on a specific detail or color arrangement in the uploaded picture. In addition, you can ask Siri about documents, presentations and PDFs.

With its new Compose feature, ChatGPT will integrate with Apple’s system-wide writing tools. Apple included an example of creating a custom bedtime story that incorporates a child’s specific interests. Notably, Apple mentioned that you’ll want to “check important info for mistakes.”

ChatGPT in Apple Intelligence

Apple says you can access ChatGPT for free without creating an account, and the company says your requests and user info won’t be logged. If you already subscribe to ChatGPT (Plus, Teams or Enterprise), you can connect your account and access extra paid features via Apple Intelligence experiences. Apple emphasized that you'll be in control of when it’s used, and you’ll be required to grant explicit permission for each cloud-based ChatGPT request.

ChatGPT integration will be available in iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia, but the OpenAI features won’t arrive until “later this year.” Apple said it will add support for other AI models in the future, which apparently confirms that it doesn’t have a long-term exclusivity deal with OpenAI.

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