Elon Musk threatens to ban the use of Apple devices in his companies due to OpenAI integration

Elon Musk said on Monday that he intends to ban Apple devices from his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level.

The billionaire entrepreneur, who heads X, carmaker Tesla and space company SpaceX, said in a social media post that the Apple-OpenAI integration constitutes an “unacceptable security breach.”

He added that visitors to his company will have to hand over their Apple devices at the entrance, which will then be safely stored in a Faraday cage.

It comes after Apple announced earlier in the day the inclusion of artificial intelligence features in its apps and operating platforms, as well as its partnership with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT technology into its devices.

Despite Apple’s claims of developing privacy-focused AI, Musk wrote on X: “It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to create its own AI and yet is somehow able to ensure that OpenAI will protect security and privacy!”

Musk’s dispute with OpenAI is well-documented, as evidenced by his legal action against the organization and its CEO Sam Altman in March.

Musk accused them of deviating from the original altruistic mission of OpenAI, which he co-founded in 2015, and being guided by the profit motive.

In response, Musk founded his own startup, xAI, with the goal of challenging OpenAI and developing an alternative to the popular ChatGPT chatbot.

Despite the legal wrangles, xAI has made significant progress, recently securing a valuation of $24 billion in its latest funding round, which saw a significant $6 billion in Series B funding.

There has been pressure on Apple for months to convince doubters of its artificial intelligence strategy as Microsoft and Google rushed products to market.

Apple executives stressed that privacy protections are built into Apple Intelligence to make digital assistant Siri and other products smarter without stealing user data.

Apple Intelligence will allow users to create their own emoji based on a description in everyday language or generate short summaries of email messages in their mailbox. Users will be able to make their requests to Siri in writing or verbally.

Apple Intelligence will also be added to the new version of the iOS 18 operating system. AI improvements have also included the integration of ChatGPT into operating system models later this year.