ChatGPT's new voice mode Alpha is silently approaching

There are signs that Alpha testing might start soon, but it will likely be limited to a small group, possibly with regional restrictions.

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Time is passing, and users are eagerly awaiting the release or at least the timeline announcement for the new voice model. Everyone expects OpenAI to finish their preparations as soon as possible. On June 17, there were releases for both the iOS app and the desktop app. While there are almost no visible changes, some significant updates hint at how the new voice mode might function.

In the new voice UI, currently hidden from users, a small change introduces a drop-down menu where users can select between standard and advanced modes. The standard mode is labeled suitable for longer sessions, while the advanced mode is marked as "coming soon."

This likely means two things:

  1. The new UI might be released broadly to users before the new voice mode is available, with the voice mode rolling out gradually later.
  2. The rate limits for the new voice mode might differ from those of GPT-4.0. Some users speculate it will have only a 2000 token context window, or it might run on more powerful NVIDIA GPUs, but this remains unclear.

The desktop app for MacOS also received an upgrade that includes the toggle between standard and advanced modes.

ChatGPT's new voice mode on MacOS
ChatGPT's new voice mode on MacOS

Looking at the API, future updates might include an option to enable video training, similar to the current options for disabling training on voice. This toggle will be separate from the ones for disabling text and voice training.

ChatGPT's voice training option
ChatGPT's voice training option

One minor but important change is that image previews in a larger view are now working properly, addressing a significant issue for the public release. However, there is still an issue with the GPT store where opening a GPT from the store results in a small, non-draggable pop-up.

In the new voice UI’s camera mode on the desktop, a new button allows users to take photos. Previously, ChatGPT only had access to the live camera view. This photo-taking feature is now the same as in the iOS app, indicating that users might use the new UI without full access to multi-model or omni-model capabilities. This is an additional indication of potential usage without full access to these capabilities.

ChatGPT's new voice mode
ChatGPT's photo option in the new voice UI

Regarding alpha testing, there are signs it might start soon, but it will likely be limited to a small group, possibly with regional restrictions. Given recent downtimes, the rollout may take longer than expected.

Voice Alpha testing evidence
ChatGPT voice Alpha testing evidence

The beginning of alpha testing doesn't guarantee immediate access; it’s probably undergoing internal testing on production systems. Afterwards, it might expand to friends & family and contractors who support testing under NDA.

In case you are wondering how the new Voice UI will look on MackOS 👇

Is an announcement possible by the end of this week? Yes, but it’s still unlikely we’ll get immediate access to this new feature.