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Apple shares close at record high after company unveils AI software

Apple shares closed up 7% to a new record high of $207.15 per share on Tuesday, a day after the company announced its long-awaited push into artificial intelligence at its annual developer conference on Monday.

Apple introduced a range of new AI features during the event, including an overhaul of its voice assistant Siri, integration with OpenAI's ChatGPT, a range of writing assistance tools and new customizable emojis. The company pitched the features as AI for the average person, though users will likely need to upgrade their iPhones to access the tools.

With Tuesday's share move, Apple bested its previous record from Dec. 14. The company's developer conference came as a welcome sign for investors who have been watching to see how Apple will capitalize on the ongoing AI boom.

Analysts from Morgan Stanley said Apple's AI features strongly position the company with "the most differentiated consumer digital agent." Additionally, the analysts believe that the features will drive consumers to upgrade their iPhones, which should "accelerate device replacement cycles."

They said Apple will still have to deliver when the AI features are first available in the fall, but they think the "building blocks are in place for a return to growth and more sustained outperformance."

"Following a WWDC that delivered on the key details we were focused on heading into the event, we have even greater conviction that Apple is on the cusp of a multi-year product refresh that underpins our OW rating, $216 price target, and $270 bull case valuation," the analysts wrote in a note Tuesday.

Bank of America analysts were also optimistic about Apple's announcements, saying the features will lead to "an upgrade cycle for AI-enabled IntelliPhones." The

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