Apple Revives Talks with OpenAI Ahead of iOS 18 Launch

The two tech behemoths may collaborate if negotiations pick back up.

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As the Cupertino corporation prepares to unveil iOS 18—and its generative AI features—at WWDC in June, Bloomberg reports that Apple has just resumed talks with OpenAI.

As we've previously documented, iOS 18 is anticipated to be among the most significant releases in the history of the operating system, with a significant emphasis on artificial intelligence. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reported last month that the business was in discussions with Google, OpenAI, and Anthropic to collaborate on AI capabilities for iOS 18.

Gurman claims that in order to support new generative AI features in the upgraded operating system, Apple has reopened talks with OpenAI. "The two companies have begun discussing terms of a possible agreement and how the OpenAI features would be integrated into Apple’s iOS 18, the next iPhone operating system," Gurman states.

"The action signifies the resumption of communication between the businesses. Although there hasn't been much activity between the two companies since early this year, Apple and OpenAI had discussed a partnership before.

Gurman continued, "The company is still in talks with Google about licensing the Gemini chatbot." Gurman says that "there's no guarantee that a deal will be worked out," thus Apple hasn't made any final judgments about the partners it could work with on the future software upgrade.

These conversations occur less than two months before Apple is slated to reveal the new AI-powered software that will be included in devices including the iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro, and Apple Watch Series 10. The company's Worldwide Developers Conference is set for June.

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Gurman claims that although Apple has not yet completely embraced AI, the corporation intends to "tout its [AI] features as more seamlessly integrated into devices."

Many elements of iOS 18 are anticipated to be built on Apple's large language model (LLM), which is their in-house AI engine that can produce text that sounds like speech. In order to accommodate the AI capabilities of the model, we have already conjectured that the iPhone 16 will have more storage.

According to Gurman, Apple's introduction of AI will probably have its start with the new iPad Pro, as it will house the new M4 CPU instead of the M3. Gurman surmises that Apple is responding to the "AI craze" that is sweeping the computer industry by positioning the tablet as its first really AI-powered gadget and marketing every subsequent product as an AI device.

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