Within the past weeks, there have been a substantial amount of hype surrounding iPhone 4S's exclusive features, Siri. This is because famed jailbreak developer Chpwn and iOS developer Troughton-Smith were able to find a way to port Siri on older devices, the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. And they even managed to port it on aging iPhone 3GS. This pretty much convinced people that older hardware are perfectly capable of running Siri despite Apple's insistence that it will only work with the iPhone 4S only. But a new report surfaced indicating that the full Siri experience is only possible with the iPhone 4S.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, iFixit discovered a hardware specification on the iPhone 4S that makes it the only device where it's possible to experience Siri in full. The hardware in question is the 4S's tweaked proximity sensor. It is an infrared LED light function that can detect when the user brings the device up to their face which then disables the interface off. This is of course used when taking a call from your iPhone to ensure that users doesn't accidentally end the call when the device is brought to their face. But how exactly does it work for Siri? Well here's a video from iFixit to explain it better:
Basically in the iPhone 4S, the proximity sensors were tweaked in a manner that the IR sensor will be shining bright whenever the screen is lit not only when a call is being made which is the case with previous generation iPhones. But as it turned out, this may not be a hardware limitation at all. 9to5Mac reached out to iFixit for a clarification and the latter said that while the IR LED is certainly different in the iPhone 4S, it is not because of the change in hardware but rather with the software system, since it is the software that commands the light to turn or off.
The IR LED definitely appears to be different on the 4S when compared to the iPhone 4, but we don’t think that the hardware change is causing the light to be continuously lit. That functionality is built into the software system, since it’s the software that tells the light when to turn on, and when to turn off.
And there you have it. It is not a hardware issue at all but a software one which can easily be rectified through a software update. We all saw how Siri worked flawlessly on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G and even the iPhone 3GS, so we are wondering just what exactly is the full Siri experience? Add to the fact that Siri is an application that was formerly available in the iTunes App Store.
But of course, we do understand Apple. They are in the business of selling hardware and making Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S is another way for the Cupertino company to sweeten the pot to encourage consumers to upgrade to the latest iPhone. And there's nothing wrong with that.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback