Whether you think it is a "game changer" or simply a gimmick, it is hard to deny that the iPhone 4S's built-in speech controlled artificial intelligence assistant Siri is one of the most notable feature exclusive to the new iPhone. Over the past few weeks, developers believe that older devices, namely the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G have the hardware that are capable of running Siri regardless of what Apple might say.
In a rather nice progress, we have previously brought to you a tutorial on how to enable Siri GUI on iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 5. But what you get is merely the GUI, so even after performing the steps, you still won't be able to ask Siri some silly questions. So it is far from being a complete port yet. In order to make Siri fully functional, the servers of Apple needs to be tricked so that it will accept command inputs from older devices. But based on a report we've received today, it seems that the brilliant hackers that's working on porting Siri has managed to do exactly that.
We have learned from 9to5Mac that Troughton-Smith, the same iOS developer who have been working with the Siri port, in coordination with famed jailbreak developer Chpwn have managed to get Siri fully working in an iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. And from what it looks like, it is now working 100% including the GUI and as mentioned before, the servers are now also able to accept voice commands from older devices. Before anything else, here's a video comparison of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S running Siri:
Now wasn't that cool? Based on the video, the iPhone 4 version of Siri is 100% functional and it works exceptionally well. No slowdowns, no glitches and it works just as fast as its newer and faster sibling, the iPhone 4S. Just for the sake of completeness, Siri dictation was also demonstrated and it works like a charm. But what about iPod touch owners? Well, don't worry because you are not left out. Here's a video of an iPod touch 4G running Siri:
According to Troughton-Smith, in order to secure the proper files for the Siri servers to talk to an iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S was needed to be jailbroken. He also added confirmed that the port for the iPhone 4 was 100% functional with some rough edges that needs to be ironed out. He noted however that since the iPod touch 4G's microphone is not as good as the iPhone 4, one needs to practically speak more loudly and clearly when talking to Siri. But overall, Troughton-Smith said that it does work.
When asked if this Siri port will eventually make its way to Cydia, Troughton-Smith was quick to reply that he can't be a part of that. A very understandable stance. He said that he's only interested in the technology and proving that it will indeed work with older devices.
While Troughton-Smith refuses to distribute the files needed to run Siri on older devices, we believe that it will surely end up somewhere. And when that happens, we'll be sure to bring you an extensive tutorial on how to install a 100% functional Siri port on your iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. [via 9to5Mac]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback