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ChatGPT lands on Mac, bringing AI-powered chats to your desktop

With ChatGPT on your Mac, you’re just one keyboard shortcut away from a whole new world of possibilities.

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OpenAI’s insanely popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT, just landed a new home on your Mac.

The company announced that the ChatGPT app is now available to all macOS users after initially rolling out to Plus subscribers. But how does it work, and what’s the big deal?

Let’s start with the basics. Once you’ve installed the ChatGPT app, you can summon the AI chatbot with a simple keyboard shortcut: Option + Space.

This will feel familiar to any macOS user who regularly uses other keyboard shortcuts, such as Command + Space, to access Spotlight Search.

But instead of a traditional search bar, you’ll get access to a whole new world of knowledge, just one button away. When launched, ChatGPT appears as a chat interface overlaid on top of your screen.

You can discuss screenshots directly in the app, upload files and other photos via the macOS app, speak to ChatGPT from your desktop, and search through your past conversations.

It’s designed to integrate seamlessly into anything you’re doing on your Mac. But here’s where things get really interesting.

The launch of the macOS app coincides with OpenAI’s release of GPT-4, its flagship generative AI model that promises more advanced intelligence.

Thanks to its multimodal capabilities, GPT-4 can handle not only text and speech but also video. And the “o” in GPT-4o? That stands for “omni,” as in unimodal.

So what does this mean for you? Well, GPT-4o is now available to all ChatGPT users, and it’s faster and more powerful than before.

You’ll get access to more creative and collaborative AI capabilities, whether you’re generating, editing, or iterating on creative and technical writing.

OpenAI and Apple partnership

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But the integrations don’t stop there. OpenAI and Apple announced a partnership to bring ChatGPT into experiences within iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

These integrations, powered by GPT-4o, will roll out later this year with the launch of Apple’s newest operating systems.

You’ll be able to access ChatGPT’s capabilities, including image understanding, in a more seamless way than ever before.

Imagine using Siri and having the virtual assistant tap into ChatGPT’s expertise when needed to answer a specific question.

Or picture this: you’re working on a writing project and can access AI-powered writing tools to help you craft the perfect sentence. That’s the future we’re heading towards, and it’s coming sooner than you think.

Of course, there are some limitations to keep in mind. The ChatGPT app is only available for devices running macOS 14+ with Apple Silicon (M1 or better). If you’re on an older device, you might be left behind.

But for those with the latest and greatest, the future of AI-powered computing is here. And with ChatGPT on your Mac, you’re just one keyboard shortcut away from a whole new world of possibilities.

So what are you waiting for? Download the ChatGPT app and start exploring today. The AI revolution isn’t coming – it’s already here. And with ChatGPT on your side, you’re ready to take on whatever comes next.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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