Apple CEO Tim Cook emphasizes that they see a great potential in AI. However, the company signals that it will take a slower and more careful approach to developing generative AI technologies, considering concerns about their potential to disrupt the balance and order of society.
Tim Cook addressed their approach to artificial intelligence (AI) during the recent earnings announcement and hinted at a more cautious, thoughtful strategy. While other companies are rapidly advancing in the AI race, Apple has remained relatively silent on expanding into chatbots and generative AI-based programs.
Cook emphasized the importance of being resolute and thoughtful in approaching AI technologies, highlighting that there are various issues that need to be addressed. One of these concerns could be the potential of AI programs to negatively impact society by displacing jobs or being exploited for larger-scale misinformation and fraud.
Despite these challenges, Cook acknowledged the tremendous potential of AI, but did not provide specific details about Apple’s roadmap for generative AI. However, he highlighted Apple’s efforts to integrate AI-based features into their consumer products. Examples include fall and crash detection in Apple Watch and iPhone.
Unaddressed Points Drew Attention
Cook emphasized the significance of AI and its integration into Apple products, but interestingly, he did not mention Siri, which once dominated the market. However, rumors suggest that an upgrade for Siri is in the works.
Additionally, during the recent earnings call, Cook spoke very little about AI. It is possible that the company may be preoccupied with another product. There are reports suggesting that Apple is preparing to announce a VR headset at the upcoming annual developer conference, WWDC, next month, which could reignite interest in the field of virtual reality.
However, Apple still runs the risk of falling behind its competitors in the race for generative AI. This point was emphasized during the meeting at the White House on Thursday. However, only the CEOs from OpenAI, Microsoft, Google, and Anthropic, consisting of former OpenAI employees, attended the meeting. Facebook’s parent company Meta and Apple were not invited.