When iPhone 4S was announced earlier this month, one of the mightiest features was definitely Apple's new voice control software: Siri. Siri understands normal speech, so you can send text messages and set alarms and so on by speaking to your phone. While Siri is purely software, Apple has limited it to iPhone 4S. Other supported devices can upgrade to iOS 5, but Siri will not be included. However, it has been widely expected that Siri will soon be hacked to run on unsupported devices - and that day has now come. 

Developers Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) and @chpwn have managed to get Siri to run on iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod Touch (uses the same A4 chip as iPhone 4, but has only 256MB of RAM). Even without the dual core A5 chip, Siri appears to run smoothly. Troughton-Smith said that Siri runs as fast on iPhone 4 as it does on iPhone 4S. The iPod Touch has some problems due to the inferior microphone (iPod Touch wasn't designed for calling like iPhone), requiring you to talk very loudly but the actual Siri software runs flawlessly. Below is a video of Siri running on the iPod Touch.

Owners of iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G shouldn't get too excited though, as Troughton-Smith says a public release should not be expected anytime soon. There may also be legal issues of distributing Apple's code, making a public release impossible. 

Source: MacRumors



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  • drgigolo - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Still waiting for it... Reply
  • solipsism - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    I'd love to know when to expect the review. Reply
  • kylewat - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Also waiting. Didn't Brian Klug say it was coming last Sunday? As in the 23rd. Reply
  • Drewdog343 - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Indeed, it was supposed to be out by Sunday at the latest.

    Hope the review is worth the wait (I'm sure it will be, Anandtech is the best)
  • doobydoo - Monday, October 31, 2011 - link

    Indeed, this review should have been out weeks ago.

    Anandtech can only get away with so much delay before their grace period due to being the best impartial review site expires, and they just become 'out of date'
  • Kristian Vättö - Monday, October 31, 2011 - link

    If I had to guess, the problem is that at the moment there are so many phones to review. Galaxy Nexus, Nokia N9, bunch of WP7 devices etc. Right now, I think we only have Brian who concentrates on smartphones while Anand does an occasional review here and there.

    A quick look into CMS shows that the iPhone 4S review seems to be more or less ready, just some fine tuning needs to be done. Hitting Brian in Twitter is never a bad idea though (@nerdtalker)
  • GotThumbs - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    Apples Lawyers eyes just perked up....Another lawsuit...Yes MoMONEy MoMoney.

    I'm joking, but YOU know their lawyers have already looked into this story.

    I love the fact that its already been hacked. Sweet.

    No benefit for me though....I made a choice not to own Apple products.
  • gevorg - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Just leak "the Apple code" in the wild dude, you don't have to host it or anything. ;) Reply
  • inplainview - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    While they may be able to get it to run... Apple will block this. People seem to forget that Apple is not a non-for-profit company but is out to make money just like Android's manufacturers, Nokia, SE (now Sony), et al. To continually single out Apple as the only company wanting money is typically myopic and well stupid. Reply
  • Tetracycloide - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - link

    Are you finished pillorying that straw man or did you have more? Reply

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