Apple and Meta Explore Potential Partnership

As Apple steps into the AI arena, it seeks assistance from various partners. Earlier this month, during the announcement of Apple Intelligence at WWDC 2024, Apple revealed a partnership with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT into the new version of Siri. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is also in discussions with Meta, Facebook’s parent company, for a similar collaboration.

These discussions are still in progress and have not yet been finalized, leaving the possibility for them to fall through. Meta declined to comment on the matter, and Apple has not yet provided a response.

Apple’s current approach to AI appears practical rather than revolutionary. Instead of using this opportunity to reinvent or disrupt the market completely, Apple is initially incorporating AI-powered features, such as writing suggestions and custom emojis, into its existing products. This focus on practicality over flashy innovation might be crucial for widespread AI adoption. Additionally, Apple can expand its AI model capabilities through strategic partnerships.

A potential deal with Meta could reduce Apple’s reliance on a single partner while also validating Meta’s generative AI technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is not offering to pay for these partnerships; instead, it provides distribution to AI partners, who can then monetize through premium subscriptions.

Elon Musk, who co-founded OpenAI but now competes with it through his startup xAI, expressed significant concern about ChatGPT’s potential deep integration into Apple’s operating systems. He even threatened to ban Apple devices from his companies over this issue. In response, Apple has assured users that it will seek their permission before sharing any queries or data with ChatGPT. Presumably, any collaboration with Meta would follow a similar user consent protocol.

In another update, Apple announced that Apple Intelligence will be included in the latest versions of its operating systems—iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia—and is scheduled for release later this year. However, Apple plans to withhold this technology from the European Union due to the EU’s Digital Markets Act, which aims to promote competition in digital markets. Additionally, features like iPhone Mirroring and SharePlay Screen Sharing will also be withheld.

In a statement, the company said, “We are concerned that the interoperability requirements of the DMA could force us to compromise the integrity of our products in ways that risk user privacy and data security,” 

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