It is now available on the App Store for iOS the free ChatGPT app by OpenAI. As with the original chatbot web model, the free-to-use version is built on GPT-3.5 technology, and the more capable “personality” built on GPT-4 technology is only accessible if you pay $20 per month for ChatGPT Plus . OpenAI says the mobile app syncs your chat history with its bot across devices and will expand to other countries “in the coming weeks.” The mobile app, which is offered for free, allows, like the website, a chatbot conversation with the user to be able to ask them to write messages, explain technical concepts, suggest ideas, summarize notes, among many other possibilities.

But the biggest change coming with the new mobile version of ChatGPT is that you can now speak to the chatbot instead of just typing. OpenAI has added its speech recognition system, Whisper, which the company claims reaches “human-level robustness and accuracy” for the English language. This could give a different feel to the interaction with ChatGPT, and perhaps encourage people to turn to it more often for “AI wisdom”. ChatGPT on iOS will also be limited to phones that can run iOS 16.1, which means iPhone 8 or newer phones.

However, it is not clear whether ChatGPT will have the same dynamic personality in the new iOS app in the original form of ChatGPT on the OpenAI website, given Apple’s strict content control policies in its App Store.

ChatGPT has some built-in limitations, but they can be bypassed, and the chatbot, like other AI tools, is widely documented to sometimes present lies as facts. In the App Store, OpenAI’s ChatGPT app is in the “12+ years” category.

OpenAI did not respond to questions about any additional parameters it may have included in the iOS version, though presumably the mobile app met Apple’s requirements to be allowed on the App Store. Currently on the web, ChatGPT refuses to produce “problematic content” when requested. For example, he doesn’t write pornographic short stories or make religious jokes if you ask him to.

However, Apple did not respond to a query from WIRED about any content control or data tracking restrictions that may apply specifically to this new class of AI tools, such as the ChatGPT app for iOS.

OpenAI also confirmed plans to launch the ChatGPT app for Android soon, expanding the availability of this tool to a wider range of mobile users.

The web version of ChatGPT, which was made available to the public in late November, went over the top the record number of 1 million users within a week. Two months later, the service already had about 100 million monthly active users, another record, according to a UBS study. This lightning use of ChatGPT is causing great concern worldwide.

Sam Altman, the president and CEO of OpenAI, speaking before a US congressional committee last Tuesday, argued in favor of interventions by governments to regulate the development and use of Artificial Intelligence. “If Artificial Intelligence goes wrong, it can go very wrong,” he said.