A service that is completely free to use on the web and seems to have no affiliation to the actual bot has rocketed up the App Store charts.
Some are calling it the "iPhone moment" for artificial intelligence because of its mainstream appeal. When given a simple prompt, such as to write an email, a long-form response can be provided. The popularity of the bot has grown with both students and academics.
Even though it is free to use on the web for anyone with an Openai account, it has inspired scam artists to take advantage of its popularity. The app that gives the impression that it's the official app for the bot is not affiliated with Openai or the bot itself.
The app charges users a yearly or weekly subscription to use the bot unlimited times. Sometimes the app and its bot respond to a prompt in a different way than the user would expect.
The app is the second most popular productivity app on the App Store in the US. There are a lot of positive and negative reviews of the app. One review said it was a fake app. Another user said that this was faking openai endorsement and more bad stuff. Despite its suspicious activity, presence, and soaring popularity, the app has passed Apple's App Store review process multiple times.
The iOS App Store is full of folks putting ChatGPT into a paid wrapper with ambiguous language that would let you believe you’re paying for ChatGPT pic.twitter.com/3w0rK14E5I — Austen Allred (@Austen) January 7, 2023
The developers of the "Social Media Apps & Game Sports health Run Hiking Runing fitness tracking" have other questionable apps on the platform.
Apple is facing a tough battle against scam artists on the App Store, with some raking in millions of dollars. The App Store is "held to the highest standards for privacy, security, and content" according to Apple.