Elon Musk Threatens to Ban Apple Devices Over OpenAI Integration

Musk's opposition stems not only from security concerns but also from his complex history with OpenAI.

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Elon Musk [ Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images]

The technological titans Elon Musk and Apple are engaging in a heated standoff as the AI race intensifies. Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla, SpaceX, and xAI, has issued a stern warning that he will ban Apple devices within his companies if Apple proceeds with its plan to integrate OpenAI into its operating system.

The conflict erupted following Apple’s announcement of its partnership with OpenAI, unveiling the new “Apple Intelligence” suite. Musk took to X (formerly Twitter), which he also owns, to express his disdain, labeling the integration of OpenAI at the operating system level as an “unacceptable security violation.”

In his X statement, Musk criticized Apple’s decision, questioning their ability to ensure security and privacy with OpenAI integration while failing to develop their own AI solutions. He emphasized the potential risks such integration might pose to users’ security.

The clash between Musk and Apple comes amid Apple’s push to bolster its AI capabilities, showcased at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in California. One of Apple’s significant announcements was the enhancement of Siri, enabling it to collaborate with OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot, a move aimed at improving user experience and expanding AI functionalities across Apple devices.

Ben Wood, Chief Analyst and CMO at CCS Insight, hailed Apple’s move as a step forward in enhancing Siri’s capabilities, but acknowledged the long journey ahead to fulfill the promises made when Siri was first introduced over a decade ago.

However, Musk’s opposition stems not only from security concerns but also from his complex history with OpenAI. Having severed ties with OpenAI in 2018 due to conflicts of interest, Musk has since founded xAI as a competitor to OpenAI, positioning himself at odds with the company he once helped launch.

Apple’s strategic maneuver to bolster its AI offerings comes at a crucial time as it faces challenges in the AI race, with recent setbacks causing it to fall behind competitors like Nvidia and Microsoft. Critics have pointed out Apple’s slower adoption of generative AI (Gen AI) and halting of major projects, attributing it to dwindling demand.

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