Apple nears deal with OpenAI to power iOS 18’s AI magic


ChatGPT open in a web browser
OpenAI could power some of iOS 18's AI features.
Photo: Jonathan Kemper

Apple is reportedly close to finalizing an agreement with OpenAI to use its technology in iOS 18. As part of the agreement, Apple will offer a chatbot powered by ChatGPT as one of the AI features.

Reports of Apple restarting talks with OpenAI about a possible agreement emerged in April this year.

Apple is also discussing an AI-focused partnership with Google

The Cupertino giant has also been talking with Google about using Gemini for iOS 18’s Generative AI features. However, the two sides are still discussing the terms.

The Bloomberg report claims that Apple and OpenAI are unlikely to announce their deal publicly even if finalized. There’s also no clarity on how the company will integrate OpenAI’s technology in iOS 18 and what features it will power.

It’s possible that Apple could work with both OpenAI and Google for iOS 18’s AI features. Google’s Gemini AI could help power many of iOS 18’s generative AI features, while OpenAI can help summarize long emails, texts, web pages, etc.

A recent report indicated that Apple will use AI to make Siri better at existing tasks instead of making it a ChatGPT alternative. The improvements will help set up timers faster, create calendar appointments easily, and summarize long messages.

Apple will unveil its AI efforts soon

Besides a potential partnership, Apple will seemingly use Apple silicon-powered data centers to power some of its AI features. This could give the company’s AI efforts a notable speed boost or usability upgrade.

Apple should unveil its AI efforts at WWDC24, which starts on June 10. As the event date draws near, reports detailing the company’s AI efforts have been popping up more frequently. What’s clear is that AI will be the trend at this year’s WWDC, which Apple executives have also been teasing.


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.