Apple Testing Siri For iPhone 4 (Rumor)

November 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Siri on iPhone 4

Siri on iPhone 4

One of the favorite new features of the iPhone 4S is, of course, Siri the virtual assistant.  Ever since the release of the new iPhone, dev teams have been pouring their efforts into porting Siri to older iOS devices, with varying degrees of success.  The latest attempt, which was successful, we shared with you a short time ago.  That port, while successful, had the unfortunate limitation of requiring a file from the iPhone 4S which cannot be copied to an older iPhone legally.  In addition, it would require a jailbroken iPhone 4S, so the port would be pointless as you already have Siri.

However, an interesting claim from JailBreakNation states that Apple may, in fact, be working on bringing Siri to the iPhone 4.  According to a source “close to Apple”, engineers at Cupertino were given access to a special version of iOS 5 for the iPhone 4, which includes Siri as part of the deal.  Those devices are being kept under tight wraps, and the software restored to stock iOS 5 if they are removed from the lab, to keep things secure.  Take this information with a grain of salt.

We think it unlikely that Apple has plans to release Siri to the iPhone 4 at any time in the near future.  Siri is one of the big selling points of the new iPhone, and a primary reason people are upgrading.  To take that reason away would mean a loss of revenue for Apple, and we all know Apple likes their money.  It could also be possible that this is only a test, since so much recent news has involved Siri ports.  Perhaps Apple is only testing it in order to fill in any gaps that might allow a successful port, in order to block them in future updates.

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