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Siri Hacked to Run on an iPod Touch and iPhone 4


Apple's new Siri voice recognition system is only officially available to new iPhone 4S users. Predictably, over the past few weeks, there have been various attempts to port Siri to previous generation hardware. The early versions of these hacks, however, simply got the user interface working on the iPhone 4, but were unable to actually use the voice recognition due to authentication issues in connecting to Apple's servers.

Tonight, developers @stroughtonsmith and @chpwn have been able to bypass this hurdle and have been able to get Siri working on previous generation hardware. This video shows it on an iPod Touch:


The video shows just a couple of simple question/answers but seems to run at a good speed. There had been some speculation that Siri might require the A5 processor in the iPhone 4S, but based on these early findings, it seems not.

The developers have said that there will be "no public release soon" and not to ask. A public release also seems unlikely due to the legal issues in repackaging Apple's code and distributing it.

We've since spoken to @stroughtonsmith who told us that despite it working on the iPod Touch, it doesn't work entirely well due to the relatively poor performance of the microphone. "You have to be loud and close to it", he said. However, it does perform quite well on the iPhone 4 and works "just as fast as the 4S".

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32 months ago
Apple: making a free app cost $199 and calling it magical
Rating: 105 Positives
32 months ago

Siri should have been included in the 5.0 update for the iPhone 4.

But of course, Apple wants us to buy the latest and greatest.

Apple being Apple again.


Gather around youngins. Let me tell you a story about the days before Apple in the phone industry.

You bought a smartphone. The exact version of the software that came with that phone, was the only version of the software you would ever see. Bugs and all.

arn
Rating: 91 Positives
32 months ago

Apple: making a free app cost $199 and calling it magical


To be fair, it wasn't free to develop.

arn
Rating: 72 Positives
32 months ago
One less reason for people with iPhone 4's to upgrade to the iPhone 4S. I guess its true, Siri was just used to market the iPhone 4S. So typical of Apple.
Rating: 62 Positives
32 months ago

Gather around youngins. Let me tell you about the days before Apple in the phone industry.

You bought a smartphone. The exact version of the software that came with that phone, was the only version of the software you would ever see. Bugs and all.

arn


Some android manufacturers do that still.
Rating: 47 Positives
32 months ago

Maybe in a week MacRumors will post that the 4S and iPad 2 were jailbroken.

[/sarcasm]


If you're suggesting this has been done before today. It hasn't. None of the previous versions did the voice recognition part.

arn
Rating: 45 Positives
32 months ago
So typical of Apple. They give their old users the very-useful iOS 5 updates on devices over 2 years old, such that those oldest devices will continue running the latest iOS software for probably 3 years total, but save one cool little app as an upgrade incentive for their latest device. What greedy bastards. That's not like other smartphone makers, which give all the latest and greatest software, including the basic OS updates, to even their 2-3 year old phones, the day the OS update is released, because those guys are so much better and not-evil than Apple. God, I'm throwing my iPhone 4 away and getting an Android. I can't wait! (http://theunderstatement.com/post/11982112928/android-orphans-visualizing-a-sad-history-of-support)
Rating: 40 Positives
32 months ago
All of these people crying about Apple ripping them off saw the android software support chart from this week, right?
Rating: 37 Positives
32 months ago

One less reason for people with iPhone 4's to upgrade to the iPhone 4S. I guess its true, Siri was just used to market the iPhone 4S. So typical of Apple.


Typical Apple? How about typical every company in the world with a product to sell and trying to make a profit.

New features help them sell products so that they don't go out of business.
Rating: 29 Positives
32 months ago
To protect the quality of the Siri experience, Apple may have chose to make it a 4S-only product simply to limit the demand on the servers, and greatly improve the response time. Imagine adding another 40 million iOS users on iPads, iPods and iPhone 4s. Some have already complained of delays in response of the system. I am just fine with people needing to "buy in" to the feature.

And as others have said. Software features not going on older models is common. Everything from Nav software on subsequent car model years to new camera models from Nikon or Canon. Most of that stuff could easily be installed on older models.
Rating: 29 Positives

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