Sketchy ChatGPT apps are popping up on the Apple App Store, some even charging subscription fees

Sketchy ChatGPT apps are popping up on the Apple App Store, some even charging subscription fees

Some apps on the Apple App Store carry the ChatGPT brand, although they have no connection to the creator, OpenAI. Some apps offer features behind payment, while the original ChatGPT is free to use.

Abhik Sengupta

New Delhi,UPDATED: 11 January 2023 13:18 IST

By Abhik Sengupta: OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI-powered chatbot continues to be free online, but unofficial apps are gradually appearing on the Apple App Store. Most of these apps claim to leverage artificial intelligence to solve users’ questions and review coding and math problems, similar to the original ChatGPT, but some offer exclusive features behind a paywall. One such app is ChatGPT – AI Chat GPT 3 Bot by Anjelo Kaja, which is a $2.99 ​​(Rs 244) per week Pro subscription to unlock premium features.

Other apps use GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer-3) technology, which is a language model based on deep learning to generate human-like text. However, these apps carry the ChatGPT branding but are not affiliated with the developer OpenAI.

MacRumors also spotted a sketchy app called “ChatGPT Chat GPT AI With GPT-3,” and it appears to be the official app for the ChatGPT bot, but has no connection to its creators. The app, which appears to have been pulled from the Apple App Store, charges users $7.99 (roughly Rs 650) weekly or $49.99 (roughly Rs 4,100) annual subscription to use the bot unlimited times and eliminate intrusive ads in the app. ChatGPT Chat GPT AI With GPT-3 was also popular in the App Store, and the report notes that it was the second most popular productivity app in the US. It reportedly received almost 12,000 ratings with several positive and negative reviews.

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On the other hand, ChatGPT – AI Chat GPT 3 Bot by Anjelo Kaja is still available and ranks 114 on the Apple App Store’s productivity-focused apps list. The app also appears to be affiliated with OpenAI, although it is not. The official description reads that AI Chat uses OpenAI’s official developer API. “Although ChatGPT is extremely accurate, there may be some cases where responses are not completely correct or complete,” the description reads.

The developers do not specifically highlight the premium features and India Today Tech did not test the ChatGPT – AI Chat GPT 3 Bot app. Some of the outlined ChatGPT apps are also available on the Google Play app store. However, Apple App Store is known for strict policies, but some of the unknown official apps are still available on the platform. The App Store also includes a bunch of unofficial WhatsApp iterations, although its parent company, Meta, strictly advises users to use the official version.

Users must note that OpenAI has not released any apps yet, and the ChatGPT platform is free to use online. Users can use their email ID to register, even if the platform asks for the purpose. Once set up, users can ask the AI-powered chatbot questions. ChatGPT is popular for offering answers in plain, jargon-free English. It can review codes and write long essays. However, the platform is already being misused by students to complete homework and by hackers to create malware.

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