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Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella Seeks Answers Over OpenAI and Apple Collaboration

As OpenAI and Apple are set to confirm an AI partnership, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has raised concerns over its own OpenAI investment.


As reported this week, Sam Altman, the CEO of , has solidified his leadership by forging a substantial partnership with Apple. This collaboration is set to integrate OpenAI's conversational AI technology into the ecosystem, potentially generating significant revenue and expanding OpenAI's market influence.

The Apple-OpenAI partnership has raised concerns at , which also relies on OpenAI for its Microsoft Copilot and provides data centers for . Microsoft has invested billions into OpenAI and has a non-voting seat on the company's board. Altman recently met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to address these concerns, including server demand and potential impacts on future OpenAI profits. Meanwhile, Apple has also been in negotiations with to use its Gemini model in iOS 18, while simultaneously developing its own language model for offline tasks.

Leadership Consolidation and Company Restructuring

Altman's return to OpenAI after a brief ousting has been marked by decisive actions to consolidate his control. Key internal opponents have either departed or been removed, allowing Altman to advocate for a restructuring of OpenAI's nonprofit framework. This restructuring aims to align the organization's governance with its growing commercial ambitions, including discussions about transitioning OpenAI into a for-profit entity.

The partnership with Apple represents a pivotal moment for OpenAI. Discussions between the two companies have been ongoing since mid-2023, with meetings involving Apple's machine learning team and OpenAI representatives around last year's WWDC. The deal, expected to be announced at WWDC 2024, will showcase new AI-based features for Apple's powered by OpenAI.

Enhancing Siri with OpenAI Technology

Apple engineers have been testing the integration of OpenAI's ChatGPT with Siri, demonstrating improved capabilities in handling complex queries and understanding user context. Evidence of Apple utilizing OpenAI APIs has been discovered in the iOS 17.4 code, indicating a significant enhancement in Siri's responsiveness, natural interaction, and real-time translation abilities. Apple plans to clearly inform users when a Siri response is generated by ChatGPT.

Altman is also spearheading efforts to overhaul OpenAI's board structure to better align with the company's commercial goals. This move is expected to streamline operations and enhance strategic planning. The combination of board restructuring and the Apple partnership signals a new phase of growth and stability for OpenAI under Altman's leadership.

The first preview of iOS 18's new AI features, powered by OpenAI, will be presented at on June 10. This event is anticipated to highlight the advancements in AI integration within Apple's ecosystem, marking a significant milestone in the collaboration between Apple and OpenAI.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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