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Musk Tweets Fuel Xphone Rumors: Will Apple-OpenAI Partnership Accelerate The Project?

Last Updated June 12, 2024 9:42 AM
Giuseppe Ciccomascolo
Last Updated June 12, 2024 9:42 AM
Key Takeaways
  • Elon Musk is considering developing the “Xphone” with full AI integration.
  • Tesla’s owner may ask Samsung to collaborate on making an Xphone.
  • Apple-OpenAI partnership may boost Musk’s plans to make a new AI smartphone.

For tech enthusiasts, whispers of a revolutionary phone helmed by Elon Musk have been swirling for a while. Now, those whispers are morphing into something more substantial: the potential reality of the “Xphone.”

The partnership between Apple and OpenAI and Musk’s words against it may boost the magnate’s plans to produce a new artificial intelligence (AI) smartphone.

What’s Musk’s Xphone

Rumors  about Elon Musk launching an “Xphone” have been circulating for some time, but nothing concrete has emerged. Until now. The recent partnership between Apple and OpenAI has reportedly angered Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, prompting him to seriously consider developing his own smartphone.

According to telecom experts, Musk’s envisioned smartphone would fully integrate artificial intelligence, unlike Apple Intelligence, which offers AI tools only partially and to select customers.

Sources  close to Musk suggested that he would pursue this alternative to the iPhone and Android only if no other viable options existed. It seems that moment may have arrived, as Apple’s use of OpenAI’s technology has pushed Musk to re-evaluate his Xphone project, which dates back to 2022.

While giants like Amazon and LG have failed in the AI-integrated smartphone market so far, facing significant losses, Elon Musk could enter this sector at a time when its growth has slowed compared to its heyday. Musk, driven by principle and a vision for the future, sees potential in this market and is prepared to capitalize on the opportunities it presents.

Possible Partnership With Samsung

In his latest posts  on X, Elon Musk has threatened to ban all Apple devices for both employees and visitors at his companies. This announcement has sparked a wave of discussions and comments, with fans picking up on the idea of Musk creating his own smartphone.

Musk faces two main alternatives: either produce a phone himself, which would be expensive and time-consuming, or form a partnership with an established player in the sector. If a collaboration with Apple isn’t possible, Musk might turn to Apple’s main competitor, Samsung.

One potential feature of Musk’s smartphone could be a direct satellite connection between the phone and Starlink (SpaceX) satellites. Additionally, it could be an open-source device distinguished by its original design, possibly inspired by the Cybertruck.

There’s also speculation about integrating xAI AI and the Grok chatbot, another Musk startup. Elon Musk has responded to some of these fan suggestions, seriously considering these ideas for the smartphone.

Why Elon Criticized Apple-OpenAI Partnership

Apple has rolled out a slew of new tools for its devices, including enhanced text and image generation, along with an upgraded Siri powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT. However, Elon Musk isn’t on board with this move. He has immediately stated his disapproval by stating that guests at his place will need to leave their Apple gadgets behind, locked away in a Faraday cage.

Musk doesn’t mince words, criticizing Apple for not developing its own AI, which he believes could jeopardize user security. Despite this, Musk’s own platform swiftly pointed out the irony, highlighting the fact-checking features available there.

In another instance, a community message disappeared, attached to a meme shared by Musk poking fun at Apple and OpenAI’s data practices. This message contained an excerpt from OpenAI’s website, assuring users of privacy protections within Siri and Writing Tools powered by ChatGPT.

Musk’s reaction isn’t surprising given his ongoing friction with both Apple and OpenAI, the latter of which he helped to found in 2015 before parting ways in subsequent years.

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