Ahead of Apple’s announcement of new AI features for iOS 18, expected in June, the company is ramping up research and development in this area. After analyzing the code of the latest beta version of iOS 17.4, experts found attempts to integrate large Apple language models into the iOS ecosystem, particularly in applications such as Messages and the voice assistant Siri.
A new SiriSummarization framework was found in the beta code of iOS 17.4, which is a proprietary interface for working with the ChatGPT API developed by OpenAI. This suggests that Apple is actively using external resources to improve its own AI developments. Specifically, system queries in SiriSummarization include commands such as “Please provide a brief summary” And “Please answer these questions“, indicating Siri’s potential to automatically process and interpret text data.
Particularly noteworthy among Apple’s innovations is the integration of AI into the messaging application. The system should be able to analyze incoming SMS and iMessage messages and suggest the most relevant actions to the user based on the context of the message. This can include replying to a message, reminding, calling, or even saving a contact. The key point here is the system’s high accuracy and confidence in the proposed actions, rated on a scale of 0 to 1.
However, it is important to note that Apple is unlikely to use OpenAI models directly in its AI features for iOS 18. Rather, these models serve as a benchmark for comparing and testing Apple’s own designs. For example, the SiriSummarization framework can perform summarization functions using AI models running directly on the user’s device. This underscores Apple’s commitment to user privacy and data security when working with AI.
iOS 17.4 code analysis revealed testing of four different Apple AI models in addition to SiriSummarization. Among them is Apple’s internal AI model called Ajax, which Bloomberg has already mentioned. The documentation reveals two versions of AjaxGPT, one that runs directly on the device and one that doesn’t, suggesting Apple’s diverse approach to handling user data. In addition, the ChatGPT and FLAN-T5 models are mentioned in the code, indicating the extent of Apple’s research efforts in this area.
Apple is actively working to integrate large language models into iOS with the goal of creating its own unique AI system. This is confirmed by the parallel development of our own AI models and comparing the results of their work with existing models such as ChatGPT and FLAN-T5. Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman wrote about Apple’s AI development goals for the future iOS 18 back in October last year. He then mentioned that Craig Federighi’s team has clear clues on how to add features to iOS 18 , which are based on Apple’s own large AI language model.