OpenAI’s ChatGPT for Mac is now available to all users

Enlarge / The application allows you to invoke ChatGPT from anywhere in the system with a keyboard shortcut, Spotlight style.

Samuel Axon

OpenAI’s official ChatGPT app for macOS is now available to all first-time users, as long as they are running macOS Sonoma or later.

It was previously being rolled out gradually to paid subscribers of ChatGPT’s premium Plus plan.

The ChatGPT app for Mac primarily acts as a desktop window version of the web app, allowing you to have back-and-forth question-and-answer conversations. You can select between GPT-3.5, GPT-4 and GPT-4o models. It also supports the more specialized GPTs available in the web version, including the DALL-E imager and custom GPTs.

There is one important omission in this desktop application: it does not support the use of the API. For that, those who want a desktop app will need to use a third-party one like Jordi Bruin’s MacGPT.

The OpenAI app allows you to enable a system-wide keyboard shortcut (option + space by default) to type a message at any time; It works a little like opening a Spotlight search on macOS.

It was announced alongside the GPT-4o model, which is faster and cheaper to use than GPT-4, with similar (but not exactly the same) accuracy and quality, and expands the model’s ability to interact with images and videos .

At the same time as introducing GPT-4o and the Mac app, OpenAI demonstrated a new conversational approach to voice chat with ChatGPT. It is not widely available yet, but it is said to be available soon. For now, the Mac app supports the old style of voice chats with the chatbot.

The Mac app is not available on the Mac App Store, but you can download it directly from the OpenAI website.

Note that, like the ChatGPT app for iPhone or Android, this is separate from the ChatGPT integration coming to Apple operating systems this fall. That integration will see Siri refer users to ChatGPT (and possibly alternative models in the future) to answer queries that are outside Siri’s usual scope, and will be built into the operating system.

There is no Windows app yet. Why not? At least one report claimed that OpenAI prioritized a Mac app over a Windows app “because that’s where most of its users are.” Of course, Windows users aren’t missing out on AI chatbot options, as Microsoft has been incorporating ChatGPT-powered Copilot into everything it can lately.

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