We’ve all wondered why Siri is only limited to the iPhone 4S. Well, turns out it’s not.
The Siri Assistant feature is one of the most outstanding features of the iPhone 4S and trust me, it is awesome and funny. When Apple introduced the new iPhone, people were really excited about Siri. It’s one of those features that grows to become a game changer and even though there have been similar software like this, there hasn’t been anything as good as Siri. I recently wrote about certain Siri alternatives for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, but none of them will actually have a conversation with you.
I’ve been actually waiting for this development, Siri being ported to an iPhone 4. It was mentioned earlier by iH8sn0w that Siri is not technically A5 processor dependent and since the iPhone 4 has the same RAM as the 4S, it could be made to run on it. Siri for iPhone 4 is then, a reality. The port is the successful work of developer Steven Troughton Smith, who’s been working with 9to5Mac on the porting of Siri to iPhone 4. He has now, successfully managed to port the whole Siri voice command system, with all the required files, to the iPhone 4. Watch the video after the break, if you don’t believe what I say.
Siri on the iPhone 4 can recognize spoken commands in both the standard Siri view and the keyboard Dictation view. The only issue at this point is that Apple is not authenticating (obviously) commands to its servers from iPhone 4 hardware. The Siri port to the iPhone 4, at this point, also has the ability to speak back to the user. You may notice Siri and the iPhone 4 acting very sluggish in the above video. The issue here is not Siri, but is that a special GPU driver for iPhone 4 is needed; and it is obviously not included in the iPhone 4S binary cache – where the Siri files are located.
All that shows that the iPhone 4 can run Siri, and Siri for iPhone 4 may come out soon enough, if Apple decides so.
UPDATE: Like we told you, the performance of Siri on iPhone 4 was quite sluggish, but now it has been improved. And it works just as it works on the iPhone 4S. However, it still can’t respond properly since Apple has not given access to it’s server on the iPhone 4. Check out the new video with the improvements.