As Apple's iOS 18 AI plans look set for a ChatGPT boost, an imminent OpenAI event could hint at what's to come

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There have been so many rumors about new AI features coming to the iPhone with the release of iOS 18 this year that it can be hard to keep track. We're expecting big things and expectations have only increased since the news Apple and ChatGPT creator OpenAI are close to a partnership deal, too. But what will that mean for iPhone owners?

That's something that is hard to know for sure right now, but the hope is that Siri will be among the beneficiaries of whatever OpenAI will bring to the iPhone. But while the WWDC event in June will give us an inkling of what's to come, we might not have to wait quite that long.

Following the confirmation that OpenAI intends to hold its own event today, it's possible that whatever the company has in store could give us a much-needed hint at what its work with Apple will include. Or it might not, but we'll find out soon enough.

What's on the agenda?

As Tom's Guide notes, OpenAI isn't saying an awful lot about what we can expect from the event itself. CEO Sam Altman has been coy, saying that the focus of the event is "not gpt-5, not a search engine, but we've been hard at work on some new stuff we think people will love!"

Altman did hint that the event will be for something that "feels like magic" and that it'll take place today at 10 am Pacific Time. That means that we only have a few hours to wait.

As for iOS 18, that'll be announced on June 10 but it won't ship to the public until this fall. Rumors have so far suggested that new AI features will come to the Notes and Safari apps, among others, so there's plenty to look forward to. Whether or not this OpenAI event will tease any of that, however, we will just have to wait and see.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.