A developer may not publish their email app with ChatGPT capabilities to the Apple App Store. Apple is accused of blocking innovation.
ChatGPT has been a big topic since the beginning of the year, not only in the IT world. With such modern AI tools, a number of things should be made easier. Open AI’s ChatGPT, for example, is a text generator Chat GPT millions of training data sets are used, which are automatically created by everyone when an input is made. Each text entered is then evaluated quantitatively using AI pattern recognition technology, i.e. using statistical methods. Ultimately, texts are then generated for a few entered keywords. App developers can build AI technology into their apps, as Ben Volach from Blix did, for example. However, its new app version of Bluemail is prohibited from publication in the Apple App Storeas reported by the Wall Street Journal.
For apps with AI functions: Apple requires content filters
In the justification, the iPhone manufacturer writes that a content filter must be used as soon as AI functions are included in an app. Not all content may be displayed in this way, depending on the age of the users. If the developer does not comply with this requirement, Apple automatically provides the app with an age rating of 17 and over.
According to developer Ben Volach, the Bluemail app already has content filtering. He can therefore not understand why Apple is interfering and thus blocks innovations. In his opinion, Apple has already approved apps with similar AI functions without age restrictions. With the new version of Bluemail, ChatGPT can be used to suggest email wording by analyzing the content of previous messages. In addition, text suggestions appear based on calendar entries that fit the e-mail message thematically. According to the company Blix, this should make it possible to write e-mails faster. According to an Apple spokesman, Volach can appeal the decision. In the Google Play Store there is already Bluemail with ChatGPT for free download, Without age restriction.
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Collection to block app publishing with ChatGPT features in Apple App Store:
- Apple blocks release of new app version of Bluemail. In the justification, the iPhone manufacturer writes that an age filter must be used as soon as AI functions are included in an app.
- According to the app developer, his app already has a content filter. Thanks to ChatGPT functions, the new app version should make it possible to write e-mails faster.
- The content of previous e-mails is analyzed and the AI tool makes suggestions for new e-mails. In addition, text suggestions appear based on calendar entries that fit the e-mail message thematically.