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Siri Successfully Ported to iPhone 4, iPod touch

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.

  • Scanlia
    Apple: Siri only works on the iPhone 4S's dual-core processor because of its high need of processing power.
    Me: Clearly.
  • shqtth
    Siri need a quad core becuase its stupid ;)
  • joytech22
    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?
  • de5_Roy
    :lol: that didn't take long. kudos to the programmer.
    meanwhile, iphone 4s decided to sue iphone 4 and ipod for using siri.
  • Goldengoose
    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!
  • brothermist
    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.
  • santfu
    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!
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Siri Successfully Ported Returned to iPhone 4, iPod touch

  • jldevoy
    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.
  • RabidFace

    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