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Siri Successfully Ported to iPhone 4, iPod touch

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Siri's held back for no good reason.

Siri on iPhone 4

One of the standout features of the iPhone 4S is Siri, the "personal assistant" that's able to understand voice commands to seek information and control certain functions of the device.

The only device on the market right now that comes with Siri is the iPhone 4S. Apple will want you to believe that this new technology requires the latest and greatest dual-core hardware, but clever software engineering work from the iPhone community proved that Siri will work just fine on the older A4-based hardware.

Irish iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been plugging away at Siri since the release of the iPhone 4S, and he recently demonstrated to 9to5Mac a fully working port of Siri on an iPhone 4. The same work was also applied to an iPod touch, which also worked with Siri, despite its weaker microphone hardware.

"At this point it’s all about confirming this works across devices, making it reproducible (we got it working on two devices today), and documenting everything," said Troughton-Smith. "It does require files from an iPhone 4S which aren’t ours to distribute, and it also requires a validation token from the iPhone 4S that has to be pulled live from a jailbroken iPhone 4S, and it’s about a 20-step process right now.

Those hoping to see this up on Cydia, the app store for jailbroken devices, won't be seeing it from Troughton-Smith. The requirement for specific software from the iPhone 4S puts a Siri port into the territory of software piracy.

"I have no doubts that others will package this up and distribute it quasi-illegally, or try and sell it to people. I am only interested in the technology and making it work; proving that it works and works well on the iPhone 4 and other devices," Troughton-Smith added.

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    brothermist , November 1, 2011 9:12 AM
    apple didnt lie! They just didnt know that their own products are just so bad ass that their processors have begun the process of self perpetuated evolution and are now able to take on this new innovative apple technology. Thus proving that promise of a magical and unrivaled experience. The human brain just can not understand the sheer level of awesome apple is. Apple asked Chuck Norris to try to comprehend apples level of win, he scratched his head, ran away, and now can be seen cowering in the corner, tucked into the fetal position. Apple is now also suing Chuck Norris, as they have a patent on the fetal position, and the gesture he gave them before running away.
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    joytech22 , November 1, 2011 7:52 AM
    Processing power? You need to be connected to the internet to use it, not only that but it sends the data to a server, that's what does the heavy lifting..

    Apple now bullshi**ing to their customers too? Wait.. Sorry they also promised a magical and unrivaled experience with the iPhone.

    Guess that turned out to be true too right?
    /Sarcasm
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    shqtth , November 1, 2011 7:48 AM
    Siri need a quad core becuase its stupid ;) 
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    Scanlia , November 1, 2011 7:42 AM
    Apple: Siri only works on the iPhone 4S's dual-core processor because of its high need of processing power.
    Me: Clearly.
  • 10 Hide
    shqtth , November 1, 2011 7:48 AM
    Siri need a quad core becuase its stupid ;) 
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    joytech22 , November 1, 2011 7:52 AM
    Processing power? You need to be connected to the internet to use it, not only that but it sends the data to a server, that's what does the heavy lifting..

    Apple now bullshi**ing to their customers too? Wait.. Sorry they also promised a magical and unrivaled experience with the iPhone.

    Guess that turned out to be true too right?
    /Sarcasm
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    de5_Roy , November 1, 2011 8:10 AM
    :lol:  that didn't take long. kudos to the programmer.
    meanwhile, iphone 4s decided to sue iphone 4 and ipod for using siri.
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    Goldengoose , November 1, 2011 8:11 AM
    Apple and Pomegranate should team up. Both confused loads of people and the high level of deception from pomegranate is enough to make apple drool!
  • 18 Hide
    brothermist , November 1, 2011 9:12 AM
    apple didnt lie! They just didnt know that their own products are just so bad ass that their processors have begun the process of self perpetuated evolution and are now able to take on this new innovative apple technology. Thus proving that promise of a magical and unrivaled experience. The human brain just can not understand the sheer level of awesome apple is. Apple asked Chuck Norris to try to comprehend apples level of win, he scratched his head, ran away, and now can be seen cowering in the corner, tucked into the fetal position. Apple is now also suing Chuck Norris, as they have a patent on the fetal position, and the gesture he gave them before running away.
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    santfu , November 1, 2011 9:16 AM
    I'm pretty pleased really. I know the 4s is selling like hot cakes to the sheeple, but the one stand out feature of this release that was delayed from the june cycle - Siri - has had to be artificially fixed to the 4s. The same siri that was puchased in june 2010 because apple can control the market with it's huge cash pile, so, that something that was going to be available to everyone with a smartphone is now just available to 4s (and ipad2? am i right?) users. But this is good right media people? we still love apple? they always do the best thing? apple can do no wrong? we still need to drop our pants and let apple do us? i need guidance here!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 1, 2011 9:43 AM
    Quote:
    Siri Successfully Ported Returned to iPhone 4, iPod touch


    Fixed!
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    jldevoy , November 1, 2011 10:04 AM
    Isn't it up to Apple which features they allow on whatever locked down hardware they sell? If they demanded that users of iPhone5 wear clown shoes at all times there would still be massive queues of Apple faithful waiting for it.
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    RabidFace , November 1, 2011 10:12 AM
    @brothermist

    Thank you sir. A great laugh before bed. +1

    But seriously. Even as much as I have despised Apple over the years, they still hold a place in the tech world and I will always have ONLY an ounce of respect for them. Nothing they have done has made me lose the tiny shred of respect I have for them, but with crap like this it's slowly going completely away.

    And you have to love how there is no difference in response time when he searches for a Starbucks at the same time on each device.

    GG Apple
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 10:16 AM
    So Siri is voice recognition software that runs searches and controls functions on the iPhone 4s. But Apple only released it for the 4s even though its server based technology.

    At least that's what the voice search performed from my google app says. I then called my sister from the same app and told her to get a droid and to stop getting raped by Apple...
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    acadia11 , November 1, 2011 11:06 AM
    scanliaApple: Siri only works on the iPhone 4S's dual-core processor because of its high need of processing power. Me: Clearly.


    Considering Siri was a ready available app in the app store prior to Apple purchasing the company and then stating only 4s users could have it, makes it pretty clear this is not the case.
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 11:18 AM
    ^sarcasm reading fail

    Apple: The iPhone 4S is the only iDevice that can run Siri. You talk to one core while the other fails.
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    ohim , November 1, 2011 11:32 AM
    I have a friend that has icrapphone4 and he told me that when crapple lounched the 4S some of the iphone 4`s apps got restricted to it and were required the purchase of an 4S, any clue about this being true ? Since i wasn`t that nosy about apple products to actually ask at that moment what was taken from the 4 and moved to 4S.
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    dcompart , November 1, 2011 12:03 PM
    I'm wondering if the Siri Ports will finally become available after there is a untethered iOS 5 jailbreak as it would be unwise to release it now and it could be patched and ruin any progress towards a current untethered jailbreak.
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    jivdis1x , November 1, 2011 1:32 PM
    I know it pointless to state the obvious on a website likes Toms. The majority of Apple user will never read it. It great that the engineer post it on the Apple forum where it made the biggest impact.

    Apple's latest and greatest device has so little to show that they throw in an apps as an upgrade.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 1, 2011 1:38 PM
    ohimI have a friend that has icrapphone4 and he told me that when crapple lounched the 4S some of the iphone 4`s apps got restricted to it and were required the purchase of an 4S, any clue about this being true ? Since i wasn`t that nosy about apple products to actually ask at that moment what was taken from the 4 and moved to 4S.


    That was Siri.

    Seriously, I despise ANY company that advertises some SOFTWARE as a device's feature. Especially if it was available previously. In a mobile device, I will only pay for the hardware and the OS that can use it.
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    vaughn2k , November 1, 2011 2:04 PM
    "Siri's held back for no good reason." - Damn right!
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    upgrade_1977 , November 1, 2011 3:54 PM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/53362-36-response-siri-iphone
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 4:44 PM
    I thought Siri was going to be released once it gets out of the beta phase? why bother reverse engineer when it will be out sooner or later. waste of time some people have on their hands...
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