May 13, 2024

OpenAI GPT-4o Introduced and macOS App Announced


GPT-4o (“o” for omni”) is a step towards much more natural human-computer interaction—it accepts as input any combination of text, audio, and image and generates any combination of text, audio, and image outputs. It can respond to audio inputs in as little as 232 milliseconds, with an average of 320 milliseconds, which is similar to human response time(opens in a new window) in a conversation. It matches GPT-4 Turbo performance on text in English and code, with significant improvement on text in non-English languages, while also being much faster and 50% cheaper in the API.

OpenAI is really on fire. This new update seems like a significant improvement and the fact that they’re instantly making it available on their app for paying members and the API is surprising. I tested it a bit today and was impressed

Developers can also now access GPT-4o in the API as a text and vision model. GPT-4o is 2x faster, half the price, and has 5x higher rate limits compared to GPT-4 Turbo. We plan to launch support for GPT-4o’s new audio and video capabilities to a small group of trusted partners in the API in the coming weeks.

Faster and cheaper. AI brings memories of computing in the 90’s.

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For both free and paid users, we’re also launching a new ChatGPT desktop app for macOS that is designed to integrate seamlessly into anything you’re doing on your computer. With a simple keyboard shortcut (Option + Space), you can instantly ask ChatGPT a question. You can also take and discuss screenshots directly in the app.

I’m also surprised about the macOS app. Clearly, it’s in preparation for whatever Apple is planning to unveil in WWDC this year.

We’re rolling out the macOS app to Plus users starting today, and we will make it more broadly available in the coming weeks. We also plan to launch a Windows version later this year.

I imagine a lot of applications like Raycast are dreading a good ChatGPT app from OpenAI being launched. For sure, ChatGPT applications are going to be a new playground in apps.


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