OpenAI launched a free iOS app for ChatGPT. The app syncs with the web and supports voice input using OpenAI’s Open-Source Speech Recognition Model Whisper. Download the app from App Store by clicking here. It works on iPhones and iPads. OpenAI will launch the app first in the US and then expand it to other countries within the next few weeks.
OpenAI did not previously mention a mobile application, but this makes sense considering the popularity of ChatGPT. The AI chatbot was launched in November last year but has seen a rapid increase in usage. OpenAI has not confirmed the figures, but some estimates claim that 100 million people used the app by January of this year.
OpenAI’s ambivalent positioning of ChatGPT on the market is intriguing. The chatbot was initially launched as an experimental tool, but it quickly found a large audience of consumers who used the bot to do everything from cheat on college essays or business applications. OpenAI released a ChatGPT Plus subscription in February. This gives users priority access to the app and allows them to receive responses that are generated by the latest language model from the company, GPT-4. The subscription costs $20 per month.
Microsoft’s Bing application, which provides access to its GPT-4 powered chatbot, has so far been the best option for accessing OpenAI’s languages models on mobile. A ChatGPT official app will attract many of these users from Microsoft. Microsoft has been using its chatbot to lure users to Bing and Edge. Launching an official ChatGPT app should, in theory, also stop people from signing-up for the countless spam apps which claim to give access to the Chatbot on mobile.
ChatGPT is no different on mobile than it is on the web. The bot’s tendency for fabricating information and privacy concerns are among them. OpenAI has only recently given users the option of making conversations private. The app’s homepage still warns the user not to share any “sensitive information” on the application.