When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, Siri was hailed as one of the biggest and most important features. However, if you thought she might some day make her way to the iPhone 4, or even older models of the iPhone, it looks like you're going to be disappointed. Apple has said it has no plans to bring Siri to older iterations of the phone.
Michael Steeber reports that someone he knows contacted Apple via a bug report with the suggestion that the company offer iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th generation users the option to upgrade to a 'special' build of iOS 5 that would include Siri for a fee of $19.99. This would avoid developers illegally hacking Siri onto devices other than the iPhone 4S, Steeber's friend told Apple. However, it seems Apple is not interested in making an extra $20 from iPhone 4 users. Steebler says his contact got the following response from Apple:
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.
Though it's a bit disappointing to hear it straight from the horse's mouth, we can't say we weren't expecting such a response. If Siri is being touted as one of the iPhone 4S's best features, it stands to reason that Apple wouldn't want her heading to other, older devices. Still, all is not lost. Siri may not be arriving on the iPhone 4 (or iPod touch) in any official capacity, but there are ways of getting her to play nice with older devices.