iOS 18 Reportedly Won't Feature Apple's Own ChatGPT-Like Chatbot

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reported that Apple is not planning to debut its own generative AI chatbot with its next major software updates, including iOS 18 for the iPhone. Instead, he reiterated that Apple has held discussions with companies such as Google, OpenAI, and Baidu about potential generative AI partnerships.

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Recent reports indicated that Apple has considered licensing existing chatbots, such as Google's Gemini and OpenAI's ChatGPT, but Apple offering its own chatbot of some kind on iOS 18 had not been explicitly ruled out until now.

Gurman still expects AI to be a major focus at Apple's just-announced WWDC 2024 developers conference. He reiterated that Apple plans to announce new AI features that "assist users in their daily lives," but he did not provide any specific details. He has previously reported that generative AI will improve Siri's ability to answer more complex questions, and allow the Messages app to auto-complete sentences. Other apps like Apple Music, Shortcuts, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are also expected to gain generative AI functionality.

Apple already promised that the company would share generative AI announcements later this year, and the company hinted at it again today. WWDC 2024 runs from June 10 through June 14, with video sessions to be shared on YouTube for the first time.

The first iOS 18 beta should be made available to developers following the WWDC keynote, and the update is expected to be released to all users in September.

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Top Rated Comments

iBreatheApple Avatar
4 weeks ago
Disappointing… I have been hoping for a better Siri for what feels like more than a decade.

Edit: Don’t need a chatbot, but do highly desire a Siri that’s light years ahead of the current one that’s been stagnant in feature growth since its inception.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
4 weeks ago
To anyone who’s used chatGPT in voice mode, it becomes apparent the yet unrealized potential of Siri that was introduced a decade ago. You can have a casual, natural language conversation with a human-like assistant with access to all the information of the internet at your own pace. It’s extremely powerful but chatGPt doesn’t have access to your Apple apps like your calendar, to do list, contacts, etc. Having something like this embedded within iOS is going to be transformational.

I once had an hours long session planning a complex trip with several stops and many different possibilities. I left chatGPT open on my kitchen table and just spoke normally when ideas came to me without having to prompt it:
“how about Lisbon?”.
ChatGPT: “Lisbon is in your travel route but it’ll be colder that time of the year.”

It remembered our entire conversation, what preferences I had settled on (wanted it to be warm) and by the end of the session, I had my entire trip planned, without once going on a single website.

I’d like to see how Apple implements privacy as I wouldn’t want Google through Gemini to have access to my Apple ecosystem data.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PeterKeller Avatar
4 weeks ago
Sounds like they were caught flat footed on this one.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ReliableSource Avatar
4 weeks ago
I couldn’t care less about having a chatbot, but I would welcome Siri getting better at understanding what I’m asking for and being able to actually remember context. Asking for specific music is such a chore when artists spell their names or song/album titles weird, have live versions, etc.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
4 weeks ago
Good? Who really expected this? Not their style, tbh.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
4 weeks ago
Apple is a couple years behind the leaders. They are literally starting to buy server hardware this year, so any kind of in-house chatbot or real integration is out of the question or would end up like iOS 6 Maps. The real question is if Apple can catch up by WWDC ‘26.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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