That Apple Meta AI deal isn't happening anytime soon.

Apple and Meta probably aren't doing anything together on AI anytime soon.
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  • Did Apple and Meta discuss an AI deal? Or is there no AI deal between Apple and Meta?
  • Yes! Probably. Probably.
  • You can get the real answer by parsing two conflicting reports from the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

News: Apple Talks AI Deal With Its Fierce Rival Meta

Also news: Apple is no Talking to Meta about an AI deal, because Meta is a tough competitor.

Which of these stories is true? Technically, it is possible for him. both of them Be accurate of them.

My hunch, though, is that the second is true: Apple and Meta aren't doing anything together on AI — or anything else — anytime soon.

Some background: On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal published a report saying that Meta and Apple have had “discussions” about connecting Apple devices to Meta's AI engine, as it called OpenAI. Already contracted with

The key here is tension: WSJ said that both companies was talked, which is quite remarkable, given that they have been fighting for years. But the paper gave no sense of whether those talks were ongoing or going anywhere.

Then on Monday, Bloomberg reported its version of the story: Yes, the two companies had talked — but that was months ago, and nothing is happening and isn't going to happen.

Not only that, but people at Tim Cook's company wanted to be clear about their stance: Mark Zuckerberg's operation, telling Bloomberg that Apple won't work with Meta “in part because they want to protect the company's privacy.” Don't look at the methods. Pretty tough.” Rust!

This is not. Impossible To return this message. Apple's clear strategy here is to act as a gatekeeper between its customers and various AI companies. And it's possible that at some point Meta will be one of those companies, just as Apple users use iPhones to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Apple representatives did not respond to a request for comment, and Meta declined to comment. But Meta's chief AI scientist Ian Lecon reposted Bloomberg's story on the threads on Tuesday and said, “Their loss.”

So this is what-does-it-all-mean Satisfied Angle: There is. Probably Not much there.

But if you're the kind of person who gets out of fights (raises hand), this story has some bonus flourishes: not only do we get to see the Apple folks (anonymously) dump on the meta folks, but We usually get to see. Civil Tech Press Dumps on Each Other's Reporting Fun!

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