ChatGPT for Mac is now available to all

OpenAI’s popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT, is now available for all macOS users, as the company announced on Tuesday. Initially revealed ahead of Apple’s WWDC 2024 in June, the app highlights integrations between ChatGPT and Apple’s operating systems for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

On macOS, users can quickly access ChatGPT using the keyboard shortcut Option + Space, after installing the new app. This makes the chatbot easily accessible in a way familiar to macOS users who use Command + Space to activate Spotlight Search. Instead of traditional search, users gain access to a vast knowledge base just a keystroke away. Once launched, ChatGPT appears as a chat interface overlaid on the screen.

The ChatGPT desktop app for macOS is now available to all users, offering faster access for chatting about emails, screenshots, and other on-screen content with the Option + Space shortcut.

The macOS app launch coincided with the release of GPT-4o, OpenAI’s flagship generative AI model that offers advanced intelligence, capable of handling text, speech, and video. GPT-4o’s multimodal capabilities and media comprehension are encapsulated in its name, where the “o” stands for “omni.”

OpenAI’s announcement noted that the ChatGPT desktop app is available for both free and paid users. It features a simple keyboard shortcut for quick access, and users can take and discuss screenshots, upload files and photos, speak to ChatGPT from their desktop, and search through past conversations.

The app had been gradually rolling out to Mac users, starting with Plus subscribers, but OpenAI has now made it available to everyone, as announced in a post on X.

This isn’t OpenAI’s only collaboration with Apple. At WWDC, the companies revealed a broader partnership that will enable iPhone and iPad users to access ChatGPT through Siri and other AI-enhanced features like Writing Tools. These integrations, also powered by GPT-4o, will be available to Apple customers later this year with the launch of Apple’s newest operating systems.

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