Elon Musk calls ChatGPT integration in iOS18 “unacceptable security violation”: Says will ban use of Apple devices at Tesla, Starlink and Spacex

Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to be mighty upset over Apple’s partnership with ChatGPT maker OpenAI. In a series of post on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, Musk termed it as an “unacceptable security violation”. Musk went on threatens to ban the use of Apple devices at his companies, including Tesla, SpaceX, Starlink and X.

For context, Apple announced collaboration with OpenAI to bring its ChatGPT chatbot to its devices at the keynote of its annual developers event (WWDC 2024) on June 10. Starting later this year, iPhone, iPad and Mac users will be able to access ChatGPT for free within iOS 18, iPadOS18 and macOS Sequoia, without needing a separate account.

Elon Musk threatens to ban Apple devices
Tesla CEO continued that visitors will be required to hand over their Apple phones upon arrival at his companies, with the devices stored in a Faraday cage.

“If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies. That is an unacceptable security violation,” wrote Musk. “And visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” Musk added in another post.

Musk went on to called partnership between Apple and ChatGPT maker OpenAI “absurd”. “It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI, yet is somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your security & privacy! Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the river,” wrote Musk.

ChatGPT in iPhones
It’s so far unclear if Musk fully grasped the details. From the details shared by Apple at WWDC ketnote, Apple device users have complete control over using ChatGPT in iOS 18. They can opt-in to Siri utilizing ChatGPT for assistance, making it essentially similar to downloading the standalone app, only more streamlined.

Furthermore, using the free tier of ChatGPT-4o within iOS 18 doesn’t differ significantly from the official app. Paid subscriptions are also accessible through linking existing accounts. Apple emphasizes user privacy and intends to integrate functionalities with other AI providers in the future.


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