Siri is one of the most talked-about features of the new iPhone 4S. Sure, Apple’s latest phone also has a dual core processor which offers better performance than the chips found in the iPhone 4 or the latest iPod touch. But Apple’s new voice-assist service which lets you ask your phone questions — and get real answers is the show-stopping feature that makes the iPhone 4S special.
But it turns out that there’s really no technical reason Siri couldn’t run on older iOS devices. Apple just doesn’t offer it for any device other than the iPhone 4S.
That’s despite the fact that Siri was a standalone, third-party app until Apple bought the company that makes the software and incorporated the technology into iOS 5.
In fact, hackers have been trying to figure out how to port Siri to run on older iPhones and other iOS devices for the last few weeks — and now Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to get it working.
Up until now, we’ve seen a few folks get the software to start running — but since Siri needs to contact Apple’s servers to actually answer your questions, it wasn’t fully functional.
Troughton-Smith managed to grab some files from an iPhone 4S, copy them to an iPhone 4 and show Siri working perfectly.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to do this without copying files from Apple’s latest phone, and distributing those files without Apple’s permission would pretty much be an act of piracy. In other words, Troughton-Smith won’t be making the files available via Cydia or any other source.
But he does promise to post instructions for anyone that wants to follow in his footsteps.
Siri also reportedly works on the 4th generation iPod touch — but the microphone on that device isn’t as good as on the iPhone 4, which means you have to speak louder if you want the app to hear you.
via 9to5 Mac