Elon Musk Warns of Banning Macs and iPhones in his Organizations

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Elon Musk has expressed dissatisfaction with Apple’s cooperation with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. In a Monday post to X, Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened to ban Apple (AAPL) devices from his companies, including SpaceX and X, if the iPhone maker pursued its AI goals.
Musk stated that if Apple “integrates OpenAI at the (operating system) level,” it would be “an unacceptable security violation.”

He said that visitors “will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” which is an enclosure that inhibits electromagnetic waves critical to communications, such as cellular, wireless internet, and Bluetooth signals.

“Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand over your data to OpenAI,” Musk stated in a separate post. “They’re selling you down the river.”

Musk’s comments come hours after Apple announced a partnership with OpenAI at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The cooperation is part of a larger push to integrate generative AI capabilities into Apple products.

Under a new “Apple Intelligence” system, AI will be employed to create a smarter Siri voice assistant and more personalized tools for users. Some of these new capabilities will be supported by OpenAI technologies, such as the ability for users to ask ChatGPT queries using their Apple devices.

OpenAI president Greg Brockman said on Monday that ChatGPT will be integrated into Apple’s operating systems for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. “We are working with Apple to integrate ChatGPT directly into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. “Will be available later this year, very excited!” he wrote on X.

Musk, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015, now leads a competitor company named xAI. He is suing his former firm and CEO Sam Altman for allegedly breaching OpenAI’s founding agreement and veering from its nonprofit objective.

OpenAI has denied Musk’s assertions as “frivolous,” “extraordinary,” and “a fiction” in legal filings. They also allege Musk is jealous of the company’s success and has left it.

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