Just a few months after integrating into Bing Chat, GPT moved to iOS as a third-party app exclusively for the Apple Watch.
It’s called Piti – the AI assistant (will open in a new tab) and it was created by developer Hidde van de Ploeg (listed as Modum BV in the App Store). It was originally known as watchGPT, but due to trademark issues with the acronym “GPT”, the name had to be changed. looking at Demo video posted by developer on Twitter, Petey works similar to Siri. You open the app, ask it a question, and it responds in just a few seconds with text-to-speech. To continue your request, swipe down on the watch face, then tap Reply. Unlike Apple’s own Siri, Petey as an assistant can give quite complex answers, such as indicating steps to how to catch a fish.
One problem with voice assistants like Siri is that they are pretty inflexible in what they can do. You have to ask these AI specific questions in a certain way to get an answer. ChatGPT, on the other hand, is more flexible in what it can do, from writing business letters to even compiling Christmas stories. It’s hard to tell exactly how capable Petey is, but at least it looks like you won’t have to fight it.
Work in progress
Petey is under development as new features are constantly added. Right now you have a handful to work with. First, you can share answers with other people “via text, email, or social media,” although the App Store listing doesn’t specify which.
The app can be installed as an extension on your Apple Watch watch face for easy access. Multi-language support is also on the rise, bringing the total to 14. Piti now supports German, Italian, and Japanese, just to name a few. Plus, if you prefer, Petey comes with a tiny on-screen keyboard so you can type in your questions. You might be better off using your voice.
As for future updates, there are a few things in the works. From what is knownVan der Ploeg is working on adding a History tool so you can go back to a previous question, make voice input the default setting, and improve the app’s overall performance so you can ask it multiple questions.
However, there are a couple of caveats. Firstly, the app is not free, as you will have to buy it for $4.99 (about £4, over AU$7 and almost €5) from the App Store. To use Petey, you must have an Apple Watch running watchOS 9 or later, so be sure to update your device if you haven’t already. It should be noted that the software does not collect user data, so rest assured that your privacy is safe.
Unfortunately, Android smartwatch users are out of luck. When asked about a potential Android version, van der Ploeg said there won’t be one as his “skillset won’t allow [for] What”.