OpenAI officially releases ChatGPT for iOS

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ChatGPT is moving towards mobile. OpenAI today announced the release of an official iOS app that allows users to access its popular AI chatbot on the go, after months of the App Store being filled with suspicious and unofficial services. The company says the new ChatGPT app will be free to use, ad-free, and will allow voice input, but will initially be limited to US users at launch.

Like its desktop counterpart, ChatGPT allows users to interact with an AI chatbot to ask questions without performing a traditional web search, as well as get advice, find inspiration, learn, research, and more. Due to issues with Apple’s own voice assistant, Siri, and Apple’s lack of AI progress, the new version may prompt more users to try ChatGPT on their phones as their main mobile assistant. The launch could also affect Google, as the search engine benefits today from being the default search engine in Safari on Apple’s iPhone.

When you use the ChatGPT mobile version, the app will sync your history across devices – meaning it will know what you’ve previously searched for via its web interface, and let you access that. The app is also integrated with Whisper, OpenAI’s open source speech recognition system, to allow for voice input.

ChatGPT Plus subscribers will be able to access GPT-4 capabilities through the new app, OpenAI says, as well as receive early access to new features and faster response times, the company notes in its announcement. The subscription offer launched in February and costs $20 per month for upgraded features, including ChatGPT access even during peak times.

The company says the new app will begin rolling out in the US today but will expand to other countries in the “coming weeks.” An Android version has also been teased out as “coming soon”.


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OpenAI was rumored to be working on a mobile client, according to an earlier article by Semaphore, which the company then declined to comment on.

The launch of ChatGPT comes at a time when big tech companies including Google, Microsoft and Facebook are testing AI and, in the case of Google and Microsoft, also integrating AI capabilities into their search engines – the latter through an expensive partnership with OpenAI. , In reality. But the ability to access ChatGPT directly on a mobile phone outside of a search engine or browser could disrupt how people today use their phones to search for and communicate information.

The only thing that could be compelling about the OpenAI mobile app versus the AI ‚Äč‚Äčintegration of search apps is its ad-free nature. OpenAI alludes to this in its blog post, stating that users can get instant answers “without sifting through ads or multiple results.” This statement is a subtle burn for its partner, as Bing is already moving ads to the AI-powered Bing Chat, as well as search engines that are somewhat ignored.

Even ChatGPT’s app store description describes its ad-free nature, as this is one of the few features it mentions along with the ability to sync your history and access the latest models from OpenAI.

The app’s arrival also comes just days after Google lifted the queue from its chatbot, Bard, which it announced during its Google I/O developer conference this month was now available in English.

There seems to be some consumer demand for ChatGPT and AI on the iPhone. Recent research from App Store intelligence provider data found that the top 10 mobile AI apps had already generated more than $14 million in consumer spending this year, as of late March, and average daily consumer spending was up 11% compared to February.

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