Apple confirms it wants Google Gemini on iPhones
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Apple confirms it wants Google Gemini on iPhones

TL;DR

  • Following the WWDC24 keynote, top Apple executives confirmed that the company wants Google’s Gemini to be featured on iPhones.
  • In fact, the company wants all kinds of AI systems to be powered by large language models.
  • For now, only OpenAI is an official Apple partner, bringing ChatGPT to the Apple Intelligence system.

Today at WWDC24, Apple unveiled Apple Intelligence, the company’s new generic name for the various generative AI tools that will soon be available on iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. To realize at least some of these AI features, Apple is relying on a partnership with OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT.

However, a few weeks before the WWDC24 keynote, we heard rumors that Apple was also in talks with Google to bring that company’s Gemini to iPhones. It doesn’t appear to have come to fruition, but that doesn’t mean the deal is out of the question.

At a post-keynote event at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater, Craig Federighi and John Giannandrea – key Apple executives – sat down for a joint interview with Justine Ezarik, better known as iJustine ( via 9to5Mac). During that conversation, Federighi confirmed that Apple hopes Google’s Gemini will come to iPhones in the future.

Here is Federighi’s full comment on the subject:

We think that ultimately people may have a preference for certain models that they want to use, perhaps a model that is ideal for creative writing or one that they prefer for coding. We therefore want to allow users, ultimately, to bring the model of their choice. So we can expect to make integrations with different models like Google Gemini in the future. I mean, nothing to announce yet, but that’s our direction.

In other words, it appears that Apple is taking a “the more, the merrier” approach when it comes to supporting AI systems within Apple Intelligence.

Of course, the big missing piece here is Apple’s Large Language Model (LLM), called “Ajax.” During today’s keynote, Apple made no distinction between tools it created independently and those developed at least partially by OpenAI. So it’s possible that not all of the features announced today are based on Apple’s LLM.

We’ll be learning a lot more about Apple Intelligence over the coming months, as we’ll have to wait until late summer to delve deeper into these features.

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