Elon Musk Threatens to Ban Over 1.4B Apple Users Amid OpenAI Integration Concerns

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Billionaire Elon Musk has announced a potential ban on Apple Inc. devices from his companies if OpenAI’s artificial intelligence software is integrated at the operating system level, labeling the move a significant security risk.

Apple boasts over 1.4 billion active iPhone users worldwide, alongside an estimated 100 million Mac users and a substantial Apple Watch user base. The tech giant recently unveiled plans to integrate OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot with its Siri digital assistant, as part of a broader suite of new AI features.

Musk expressed his concerns following Apple’s presentation, arguing that integrating OpenAI at the OS level poses a security violation. In a bold statement on social media platform X, Musk stated that visitors with Apple devices would need to leave them at the entrance of his companies, where they would be stored in a Faraday cage to prevent potential electronic interference or data transmission.

“If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my company. That is an unacceptable security violation. And visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” Musk tweeted.

Apple announced a suite of AI enhancements across its software ecosystem, including a partnership with OpenAI to embed ChatGPT technology within its devices. Apple maintains that these AI developments prioritize privacy, combining on-device processing with cloud computing to safeguard user data.

Despite Apple’s assurances, Musk remains skeptical. “It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI, yet is somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your security & privacy!” Musk remarked, casting doubt on Apple’s ability to manage AI integration securely.


Musk’s opposition to OpenAI is rooted in his history with the organization. Founded in 2015 with a mission to create AI for the collective good of humanity, OpenAI has shifted towards profit-oriented ventures, a change that Musk disapproves of. In March, Musk initiated legal action against OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, alleging a deviation from their foundational goals.

Simultaneously, Musk has launched his own AI venture, xAI, as a counterbalance to OpenAI’s advancements. With a valuation of $24 billion following a $6 billion Series B funding round, xAI aims to develop AI solutions aligned with Musk’s vision of responsible and ethical AI development.

Musk’s latest stance against Apple and OpenAI highlights the growing industry battle over AI’s future and the control of user data. This clash underscores the broader debates surrounding AI integration, privacy, and security in the tech world.

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