Start of an AI War? Musk vs. Apple Over ChatGPT Integration

Apple’s “Apple Intelligence” integration with Siri faces backlash from Elon Musk over privacy concerns, leading to a 2% drop in Apple and Tesla stocks amid a bullish AI market.
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Key Insights

  • Apple recently unveiled “Apple Intelligence,” which will integrate OpenAI’s ChatGPT with Siri on iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia

  • Twitter CEO, Elon Musk is vehemently against this Apple / OpenAI partnership and is threatening to ban iOS devices from his companies.

  • Musk is criticizing the integration for security reasons and threatens that Apple devices may need to be stored in a Faraday cage at his companies.

  • Musk accuses Apple of not being "smart enough" to create its own AI and is instead compromising on user privacy by partnering with OpenAI.

  • Following the news, Apple’s and Tesla’s stock prices dropped by approximately 2%, despite a generally bullish AI market trend.

Tesla and Twitter CEO, Elon Musk has once again made headlines in what appears to be another AI war.

Just months after dragging Sam Altman and OpenAI to court over AI monetization and the company’s partnership with Microsoft, the billionaire tech mogul has taken to Twitter to threaten fire and brimstone over reports of an Apple - OpenAI partnership.

Musk’s stance is clear at this point: If Apple goes ahead with this OpenAI integration, all of their devices will be banned from all Elon Musk-owned companies, due to ”security concerns”.

The Integration in Question

Apple announced “Apple Intelligence,” during the 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference.

This Apple Intelligence feature, according to a leaked report from Bloomberg, will reportedly be used to enhance the capabilities of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia.

This feature will also come with a new suite of generative AI capabilities—backed, of course, by OpenAI.

This combination of OpenAI and Apple technology will allow the company’s Siri to directly access ChatGPT, and respond to user queries.

Musk did not take kindly to this.

Musk’s Security Ultimatum

Musk in a series of rage tweets, has labelled the integration between both companies as everything from an “unacceptable security violation” to "Apple not being smart enough".

The billionaire tech CEO also suggests that Apple, instead of making its own AI, is relying on OpenAI and hoping that the company will protect its customers' security & privacy.

Musk, in another tweet, also went as far as suggesting that if this integration moves forward, all Apple devices at his companies will need to be stored inside a Faraday Cage upon entry into the premises.

For some context, a Faraday cage is a box of sorts, which is impervious to radio waves.

This means that once a device is placed inside, said device is completely cut off from the internet, wifi connections, and basically the rest of the world—a microwave oven is a basic, but very functional example of a Faraday cage.

The Privacy Debate

While Musk’s comments have sparked a debate, with many taking his side, and others calling him “paranoid” or “petty”, he hasn’t said much about the specific privacy issues that this merger might compromise—except via memes.

This is despite Apple clarifying that user IP addresses would be protected and that OpenAI would not retain user requests.

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Apple stock crash

In the last 24 hours, the price of Apple Inc’s $AAPL and Tesla’s $TSLA have both crashed by around 2% according to Google Finance data, despite a relatively bullish trend across the AI stock market.

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