Siri Runs Great on iPhone 4, But Apple Isn’t Listening
Now that iPhone 4S has been released into the world, hackers finally have their hands on the swanky new iPhone with the sexy new assistant. And that means hackers have gone from figuring out where Siri’s code lives to running a fully functional port of Siri in a short time. But Apple’s servers won’t respond to Siri if it’s running on the iPhone 4. Conspiracy?
Steven Troughton-Smith is an iPhone hacker and developer who put Siri on the iPhone 4 (in collaboration with 9to5mac.com). Problem is, 90 percent of Siri’s magic happens not on the phone, but on Apple’s servers. When given a request, Siri goes out to Apple’s cloud to make it happen, but if Apple’s cloud sees the request coming from an iPhone 4, it ignores it. Bummer. Since Apple’s Siri is not a special processor-intensive task that requires the full power of the A5 CPU, one can only assume Apple decided to simply make it the ‘killer app’ of the iPhone 4S. That begs the question: Is the iPhone 4S without Siri still an impressive phone?
My vote is still “yes.” The A5 CPU, enhanced camera, antenna design and HSDPA (for GSM users) make the iPhone 4s a solid upgrade, albeit incremental. But, if you’re on the fence, it may be worth holding off. Rumor has it that Steve Jobs’ last labor of love was the next iPhone to come. Apparently, Jobs had little to do with the iPhone 4S and spent his last days ensuring the iPhone 5 would be something completely different.
Apple could decide one day to put Siri on the iPhone 4, or hackers may be able to spoof an iPhone 4S signature to Apple’s servers. But both scenarios seem completely unlikely. While I love what the iPhone hacking community does to bring new life into old iPhones, if you’re in love with Siri and you can’t wait, it’s time to get the iPhone 4S.