'Biggest Upgrade In Siri's 13-Year History:' Top Analyst Strikes Bullish Note On Apple Inching Closer To Powering Its Virtual Assistant With OpenAI's ChatGPT

Zinger Key Points
  • Top analyst Gene Munster thinks Apple’s OpenAI partnership will deliver the “biggest upgrade” in Siri’s history.
  • He also thinks it could open up a new revenue stream for Apple.

Apple Inc. AAPL inching closer to a partnership with OpenAI has excited Deepwater Asset Management's Gene Munster about the potential this deal holds for the iPhone maker.

What Happened: Prominent Apple bull Munster thinks that integrated Microsoft Corp.-backed MSFT OpenAI's ChatGPT on the iPhone will be the "biggest upgrade in Siri's 13-year history."

Apple's voice assistant, Siri, was launched with a lot of fanfare with the iPhone 4S in 2011. Many companies, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd., launched their respective voice assistants to compete with Siri.

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However, development in terms of Siri's capabilities has slowed down in the past few years.

Now, with Apple and OpenAI inching closer to striking a highly-anticipated partnership, Munster thinks not only will this be accessible by at least 80% of Apple's over 2.2 billion users, it could even open up a new revenue stream for Cupertino.

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Munster echoed another Apple bull, Wedbush's Dan Ives, who thinks the company has the "best-installed base in the world" for its AI ambitions.

"I believe this could open up a new revenue stream."

That said, it remains to be seen if and how Apple monetizes Siri in the future.

Why It Matters: The potential upgrade to Siri follows a series of AI-related developments at Apple. The company is reportedly finalizing an agreement with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT features into iOS 18, the upcoming iPhone operating system.

Apple’s AI efforts have been a point of focus, with CEO Tim Cook expressing confidence in the company’s AI prospects despite concerns from investors. Cook revealed that Apple has invested $100 billion in research and development over the past five years, with a focus on unveiling new AI features at the upcoming WWDC.

Additionally, Apple is reportedly working on its own AI chips for data centers, a move that could potentially disrupt the market. The project, codenamed ACDC, is an extension of Apple’s existing in-house chip efforts for its devices.

Price Action: Apple’s stock closed at $183.05 on Friday, down 0.69% from the previous day, according to Benzinga Pro.

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