Sam Altman’s 2008 WWDC Appearance Resurfaces Ahead of Potential Apple Partnership

An old video of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at Apple's 2008 WWDC has resurfaced.

  • An old video of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at Apple’s 2008 WWDC has resurfaced.
  • Altman presented his friend-locating app, Loopt, which was later acquired by Green Dot.
  • Rumors suggest Apple may partner with OpenAI for new AI features in iOS 18.

An old video of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at Apple’s 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has resurfaced on social media. In the video, a young Altman is seen presenting his app, Loopt, which aimed to help users locate their friends easily. Loopt was among the first companies to receive funding from Y Combinator, but it struggled to gain users and was acquired by Green Dot in 2012.

Fast forward to 2024, and Altman might be returning to the Apple stage for a new partnership. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is considering partnering with OpenAI to introduce a chatbot in iOS 18. This partnership could bring significant AI advancements to Apple devices, potentially boosting iPhone sales, particularly the iPhone 15 Pro models which may get exclusive features.

Apple’s interest in AI features comes as it aims to keep pace with competitors like Google and Samsung. The introduction of these features in iOS 18 indicates a strategic move to enhance user experience and maintain its competitive edge in the market.