Siri for Pre-iPhone 4S Jailbroken iPhones Available, but It Remains Complicated

Monday December 26, 2011 7:11 PM PST by Arnold Kim
Grant Paul (chpwn) has posted a new tool for Jailbroken iPhones that allows Siri to run on pre-iPhone 4S devices. The tool (called Spire) gets around any copyright issues by downloading Siri from device images housed directly on Apple's servers and installs them on your device. The download is about 100MB, so a Wi-Fi connection is recommended.

It's not quite as simple as that, however. Siri still requires special authentication when connecting to Apple's servers. For early testers, this has meant pulling the authentication key from a valid iPhone 4S. Not only that, but the key must be regenerated every 24 hours.

For Spire users, that means setting up a proxy server, and connecting an iPhone 4S to it regularly.
However, Spire is not a complete solution. Apple still requires authorization to use Siri, so information from an iPhone 4S is still required. To insert this information, Spire allows you to enter your own proxy server address. By using this (ancient) SiriProxy fork, you can setup a proxy using your own iPhone 4S to insert the needed information reasonably easily.
So, it's not quite as plug-and-go, but it's a step closer to that reality, if you are desperate for Siri -- and have an iPhone 4S at your beck and call. The proxy workaround is required while we wait for the iPhone 4S jailbreak that should simplify the matter somewhat, but even then you'll still need regular access to an iPhone 4S-generated authentication key.

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Posted: 38 months ago

True, but seriously... Who honestly cares about that sort of thing? The people just want the stuff and can care less as to the legality of it all.


Maybe people who rely on copyright law to make a living?

Regardless, my point was just that I feel MacRumors should avoid giving out (bad) legal advice in their posts.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago

It downloads every part of siri from apple servers, it is completely legal.


That's just plain wrong. Copyright law doesn't disappear because you have access to copyrighted material. :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago
Unless you pay Nuance their license fee, you are running the software illegally. Apple pays Nuance for every 4S shipped...
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago



Why does this article imply that this solution avoids copyright issues? Seems like some pretty bad advice to give your readers, considering the complete lack of legal analysis.


Especially considering that the majority of users can care less about legality issues, so it's irrelevant IMO.
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Posted: 38 months ago

Ya but it says they can't distribute apples software, and they are not, you are getting it directly from apple.


This discussion is pointless if you don't have a basic understanding of copyright law. You don't have unlimited rights to Apple's software just because you can access it
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Posted: 38 months ago

If a user feels they'd rather break the law than pay for a product, the product is clearly at fault. Apple made this very clear when they opened the iTunes Store to take on Music Piracy. If people would prefer to go about the hassle of 'pirating' Siri than buy a 4S, Apple have got something wrong. I'd say it was that they didn't offer Siri to 4 and 3GS users.


I wonder if you apply the same logic to the things that you own. :D Apple doesn't have an obligation to make Siri available to anyone that wants it.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago

If a user feels they'd rather break the law than pay for a product, the product is clearly at fault. Apple made this very clear when they opened the iTunes Store to take on Music Piracy. If people would prefer to go about the hassle of 'pirating' Siri than buy a 4S, Apple have got something wrong. I'd say it was that they didn't offer Siri to 4 and 3GS users.


So Sony got it wrong when they did not release software to make Madden 2012 work for my original Playstation? The product is not clearly at fault in either of these. The product evolved just as the software evolved. So the user can choose to move up in products, if not stay on the one you have.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 38 months ago
If Time = Money, then it's less expensive to buy an iPhone 4S than spending all that time and effort trying to make it work on an old phone.

But it's good to know there are qualified people who researched this possibility to the point of making it available. :D
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Posted: 38 months ago
You would be running unlicensed software, which is illegal. No lawyers needed.
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Posted: 38 months ago

If a user feels they'd rather break the law than pay for a product, the product is clearly at fault. Apple made this very clear when they opened the iTunes Store to take on Music Piracy. If people would prefer to go about the hassle of 'pirating' Siri than buy a 4S, Apple have got something wrong. I'd say it was that they didn't offer Siri to 4 and 3GS users.


So by your idiotic logic, if someone steals a car, it's not because they don't want to pay for it, it's simply because the company making the car did something wrong.

A fair point. Anyone who has used Apple products for a while now should not expect to be able to get the latest software features without the latest hardware, even though your hardware is more than capable of it (iCloud and the Mac App Store is another example, I feel Leopard or even Tiger users should be able to use it).

I wasn't trying to justify stealing what is essentially software that has to be purchased. I was just stating that it is understandable that people do it, when Apple make such consumer hostile decisions such as restricting Siri to the 4S and iCloud to Lion. Apple have no right to complain when people pirate Siri instead of buying a 4S, especially when they have demonstrated why consumers pirate in the first place.


It's not just Apple products. It's all technology, and that's how it works. In fact, that's how the world works. Old things go away, new things replace them.

You seem to have the idea that Apple owes you something. They don't. They released new products and gave them new features. If you want the new features, buy the new products.
And, if you don't like how the entire world works, that's just too damn bad. Because you sitting and bitching about how it should be fair to steal because you can't get something new isn't going to change anything, aside from people's opinions of you.

By your logic, I assume you'd "understand" if I came and broke down your door (it's ok - you shut it in a way I deemed was "wrong"), walked into your house, and took your TV. Your TV is newer than mine, so by your logic, it's fair for me to have it.
Just think about that for a moment, because that's exactly what you're arguing for. :rolleyes:
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