Google Bard Advanced leak shows ChatGPT rival is on the way — and Apple still is racing for Siri to catch up

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A developer has just spotted a line of code seemingly from Google announcing the imminent launch of Google Bard, the company's ChatGPT competitor — the launch of which might point to how far Apple is behind its competition right now. 

Taking to X(formally known as Twitter), Bedros Pamboukian said that Bard Advanced will be free for 3 months and will come as part of a Google One subscription. Pre-empting those who might call him a leaker, Pamboukian clarified that “Again, not a leaker, but Google keeps putting stuff in plain sight and literally nobody realizes…”. Which is funny, given he published a leak.

This suggests that Google either isn’t too careful about this information or is teasing the imminent launch of Bard Advanced through its code. ChatGpt was reported to have over 180 million monthly users in December and Google Bard crossed 142 million users at the start of 2024. With such a huge initial user base looking elsewhere for their artificial intelligence hit, Apple’s AI injection into Siri has a lot to compete with. 

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Top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed last August that Apple's AI efforts were significantly behind Chat GPT, and not coming for some time — and given his reliable track record, we'd be inclined to take note. In an effort to make up for lost time and ground, Apple aims to spend 4.75 billion on AI servers this year. 

Apple has been developing devices with impressive Neural Engines for almost a decade now, which means it could be in a good hardware space for AI. The Neural Engines leave room for good on-device Siri support. However, the competition is linked to the internet and cloud-based solutions to retrieve answers, which Apple appears to be significantly behind on

No matter what state Google Bard Advanced launches in, Apple has to pay attention if it aims to compete. 

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With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. 


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  • ggore
    Siri will never get better until Apple users finally allow it to anonymously use data from your queries, use anonymous data from what you do with your phone, and the like. The data that Google has used for years that have enabled Google Assistant to be a FAR better alternative to Siri. The data that Google and Android users have gladly and yes, sometimes unknowingly allowed Google to use. But that usage has made Google Assistant much better at what it does. Amazon has done the same thing with Alexa, and it is a FAR better assistant than Siri. But when Siri came out, all the tech press, bloggers, and YouTubers went nuts and raised hell over the potential for Apple to gain knowledge from the sending to Apple of anonymous user data. So all Apple iPhone users turned off the function and Siri has been totally crippled in what it can learn and suggest ever since. You can't complain about Siri not being able to do anything when you won't allow it to learn anything about you
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  • Just_Me_D
    ggore said:
    Siri will never get better until Apple users finally allow it to anonymously use data from your queries, use anonymous data from what you do with your phone, and the like. The data that Google has used for years that have enabled Google Assistant to be a FAR better alternative to Siri. The data that Google and Android users have gladly and yes, sometimes unknowingly allowed Google to use. But that usage has made Google Assistant much better at what it does. Amazon has done the same thing with Alexa, and it is a FAR better assistant than Siri. But when Siri came out, all the tech press, bloggers, and YouTubers went nuts and raised hell over the potential for Apple to gain knowledge from the sending to Apple of anonymous user data. So all Apple iPhone users turned off the function and Siri has been totally crippled in what it can learn and suggest ever since. You can't complain about Siri not being able to do anything when you won't allow it to learn anything about you

    I’m so glad Apple has given me the option to disable certain access to “my” data. If you think so-called anonymous data cannot be traced back to you with due diligence then you’re kidding yourself.

    As for Siri, my interaction with it has been 95% positive and 5% negative, but I’ve never expected Siri to all-knowing and all-capable.

    People are already ticked off because AI is replacing people in the workplace, but that’s a topic for another day….(laughing). Anyway, have an awesome rest of your weekend.
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