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Elon Musk Threatens to Ban Apple Devices Because of OpenAI Integration

Elon Musk stated on X that he will ban Apple devices from his companies if Apple implements plans announced at WWDC24 to integrate Siri with OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

“If Apple integrates OpenAI at the operating system level, Apple devices will be banned from my companies. This is an unacceptable security breach.” He then added, “And visitors will have to leave their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage.”

Musk even went so far as to respond to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, expressing his displeasure. “I don’t want this. Either you stop this creepy spyware or all Apple devices will be banned from my company’s premises.”

What is the actual integration between Siri and OpenAI?

However, it seems that Musk’s knee-jerk reaction stems from a misunderstanding of how the Siri-OpenAI integration will work. Apple announced Apple Intelligence at its conference this week, with several changes to Siri. One of the changes will be the assistant’s ability to recognize when a larger and more complex response might be needed, and offer the user the option to escalate their question to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The OS-level integration that Musk is worried about doesn’t seem to exist.

Other Apple apps may also tap into OpenAI’s features, but it remains an option for users to access if they so choose. “Of course, you will have control over when ChatGPT is used and will be asked before your information is shared. ChatGPT integration will be available on iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia later this year,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, during the WWDC24 keynote.

OpenAI also confirmed this in a blog post, stating: “Requests are not stored by OpenAI and users’ IP addresses are obfuscated. Users can also choose to connect their ChatGPT account, which means their data settings will apply according to ChatGPT’s policies.”

However, Elon Musk doesn’t seem to care too much about reality. In another post on X, he said: “It’s completely absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to develop its own AI, but is still able to ensure that OpenAI protects your security and privacy! Apple has no idea what actually happens when they hand over your data to OpenAI. They’re betraying you.”

In response to this post, a community note seemed to clarify the truth, stating: “Apple developed its baseline models that run on-device (locally) and have approximately 3 billion parameters. For tasks that require more compute power, Apple uses either Private Cloud Compute (open for review for privacy reasons) or OpenAI with additional attestation.”

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