If you are someone who's following the plethora of Apple news over the past weeks, then you should know that the iPhone 4S is currently the "it" thing in the tech industry. Amongst all the new goodies that's being offered by the new iPhone, none have the same scale of media coverage that Siri has been getting. Siri is of course, the iPhone 4S's exclusive speech controlled artificial intelligence software. It's like your personal assistant right at the palm of your hand.
Yes, the Siri application is exclusive only to the iPhone 4S. Apple has been insisting that the new iPhone's upgraded hardware with its A5 dual core processor makes the device the only home of Siri. But people are still wondering if Apple will actually make Siri available to older devices. Developer Michael Steeber received a word that there is someone who contacted Apple with a bug report headline suggesting that the company can make a special build of iOS 5.0.1 with Siri Final bundled to it. This will be made available to iPhone 4 and iPod touch users but they will need to pay $19.99 for the upgrade. This is for the reason so that hackers will not hack Siri into non-4S devices illegally.
Bug Title: Special Siri Build of iOS
iPhone 4 Users and iPod touch 4th generation users pay a fee of 19.99 to upgrade to a ‘special’ build of iOS 5.0.1 with Siri Final in it, (To avoid hackers hacking Siri onto non 4S devices illegally) **Many iPhone 4 Users and iPod touch 4th generation Users will pay for this special iOS build (5.0.1) which will enable Siri for a fee of $19.99 US dollars.
Apple was quick to reply with:
Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue: Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices.
So there you go folks. The possibility of Siri being brought to older hardware was already slim to begin with but this one is pretty much the final nail on the coffin. Although there are instances where Apple backed down on their word before, so we'll never know.
As for Siri being exclusive only to the iPhone 4S due to hard limitations, we all know that is not the case at all. If you have been following our blog for these past weeks, you should be aware of the hoopla surrounding the success of Siri being ported to older devices. And not just with the previous generation devices such as the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G because it has been proven to run smoothly on an device like the iPhone 3GS. We even provided an in-depth tutorial on how to enable Siri's GUI on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G.
But it is understandable if you are going to put yourself in Apple's shoe. Siri is marketed to be one of the major selling point of the iPhone 4S. Take that away as an exclusive and it will somehow cannibalize some of the 4S's sales. Many were already disappointed that the new iPhone is not a redesigned model, so it wouldn't make sense if they made Siri a non-exclusive. We are just crossing our fingers that Apple someday decides to change their mind or the jailbreak community somehow finds a way to port Siri to older devices legally.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback