Here's an AI surprise

You won't have to use Apple's new AI features.

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Next week’s WWDC will be all about artificial intelligence, but here’s a surprise: Apple reportedly will give users the opportunity to opt out of new AI features built into its operating systems.

That includes a new chatbot powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology, which, apparently, is far ahead of Apple’s internal efforts. Using the chatbot, and other new AI-powered features, reportedly will be opt-in.

Letting users take a pass on ChatGPT-powered features might help insulate Cupertino from anything that goes wrong. Plus, adding a kill switch for the AI stuff that’s handled by ChatGPT (and/or other potential partners like Google) would square with Apple’s focus on privacy.

In the end, how many Apple users will turn on (or turn off) a host of advanced features baked deep into their devices’ operating systems? We’ll find out soon enough.

WWDC24 sure is going to be interesting.

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