Siri now working on iPhone 4

Siri now working on iPhone 4Remember a few weeks ago, we told you about a lovely chap by the name of Steven Troughton-Smith? His contribution to society being an attempt to port Siri over from the iPhone 4S to iPhone 4.

Along with 9to5mac, they were making slow progress but were being blocked at the final hurdle by Apple's servers which wouldn't actually process the commands. Helpful, huh?

Well, they've kept on at it and have now released this video showing Siri herself getting down and dirty (OK, maybe not that bit) on a fourth generation iPod Touch!

It goes to show that Siri does, indeed, work on older iDevices and that Apple has deliberately held it back for the 4S alone, presumably so that it can maximise sales of the new unit.

But if you're wanting to get it on your device, you're out of luck. Such is the bittersweet nature of the story, that as the user (presumably Steven himself) says on the YouTube page, they can't release it publicly. And they can't even reveal how they managed it.

The reason is that litigious-happy Apple will be after them quicker than they could say "Siri, get me a lawyer" because to get all this up and running means they'll have had to manipulate Apple's code. And that violates that lovely EULA that we all have to tick before we're allowed into momma-Cupertino's warm embrace.

There is some vague hope in the fact that the video poster says this will be easier to distribute once a public jailbreak is released for the 4S. But until then, you'll just have to look on with envy as your friends show you how easy it is to find out who the Prime Minister of Hakaydtysistan is without lifting a finger. Bah!

Via GSM Arena

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 31, 2011 at 16:31

darkspark88  Oct. 31, 2011 at 16:59

I hate Apple for doing stuff like this. I just hope the outrage on internet forums does enough to get them to port it to the iPhone 4 in the future spouting some excuse like "it was always our plan to support siri on as many platforms as possible, but at the appropriate scales...etc"

They did it with my Ipod Classic by holding back features it could support like genius mixes. They did it with the iPhone 3G with multi-tasking etc for good performance reasons.

However there is absolutely no go reason to do it here. If the hardware upgrade is so compelling, then the 4S should be sold on that strength. Otherwise it's just a Ford Focus with a different letter on the back.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2011 at 16:43

Well, yeah - history of that. Jobs: people don't want copy/paste, multitasking etc... But when we finally introduce it, whoa...ring the church bells!!! Same with Microshaft and wp7 - no multitasking, no landscape keypad etc... People don't want that...until we call it Mango. No camera on the Nokia E61 cause businesses don't like cam phones. Except when we call it the E61i ;)


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