Woke iPhone anticipated as Apple makes announcement

Apple announced that the dates for its annual World Wide Developers Conference are set, with the WWDC taking place June 10-14 at Apple Park, the company’s headquarters and second campus building in Cupertino, California.

The tech giant typically unveils new updates for the iPhone and other devices at the WWDC events, and Apple is expected to roll out iOS 18, according to the Daily Mail.

A “major announcement” with AI is also anticipated, with the British newspaper reporting that Apple is “in talks” with Google to use its artificial intelligence model Gemini to power the AI features in iPhones — Gemini was in the news recently for its woke bias after producing historically inaccurate images of a black George Washington and a female pope. The chatbot version claims “some women have penises” and “not all pedophiles are evil.”

The news about the chatbot being unleashed on iPhones has seen backlash among Apple users who have threatened to walk away from the tech giant because a “woke iPhone is coming up,” the Daily Mail reported.

“We’re so excited to connect with developers from around the world for an extraordinary week of technology and community at WWDC24,” Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, said. “‘WWDC is all about sharing new ideas and providing our amazing developers with innovative tools and resources to help them make something even more wonderful.”

In addition to the likely unveiling of a new operating system for the iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, and TV, an update for the newly released Vision Pro may also take place.

The Daily Mail noted that Apple’s September events are generally seen as the “main event” because that’s when new products are unveiled, but WWDC24 could be bigger.

More from the newspaper:

AI is set to take centerstage at WWDC, as Apple has long promised to add the tech to its devices – but has seemed to fail at developing its own version. […]

The deal has some iPhone owners threatening to walk away from Apple if it goes through, and others believe it is simply ’embarrassing’ the smartphone maker had to turn to Google as its AI provider.

The negotiations in question involve Apple licensing Gemini for some new features coming to the iPhone software this year, the report said, adding that the terms or branding of an AI agreement or how it would be implemented have not been decided.


As it is, we may not know the outcome of the collaboration between Apple and Google until June — stay tuned!

Tom Tillison


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