Apple Intelligence AI tech won’t release in EU due to security concerns

Apple has recently announced that its upcoming Apple Intelligence features, powered by AI, will not be accessible in all 27 European Union countries due to The Digital Markets Act.

In recent years, the European Union has enacted The Digital Markets Act, which has compelled Apple to implement a few modifications to its app store, iOS capabilities, and hardware.

As a result, Apple was compelled to incorporate USB-C, implement the RCS messaging standard into its software, and permit the use of alternative app stores within the EU.

Apple announced on June 21, 2024, through a statement to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, that its Apple Intelligence features in iOS 18 will not be released in the EU. This decision was made due to concerns about the impact of the DMA on the security of its products and services, which the Cupertino company believes would be downgraded.

The concern is that the interoperability requirements of the DMA might compel us to compromise the integrity of our products, jeopardizing user privacy and data security, according to their statement.

Gurman posted a list of countries impacted on his Twitter/X account.

“The list of countries he shared includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.”

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Apple Image Playground is the company’s image generation app.

During the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced its AI technology for the first time, showcasing upcoming features and updates to its software.

The upcoming versions of iOS, iPad OS, and MacOS (18 and 15 respectively) will offer a wide range of AI-powered capabilities such as text and image creation, as well as summarization features. Additionally, these updates will include a significantly enhanced version of Siri.

The feature will only be compatible with the iPhone 15 Pro (and newer) models, meaning that iPhone 14 Pro Max users may consider upgrading to the latest mobile device from Apple, set to be released this Fall.

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