Siri, Apple’s very talkative personal assistant app, which we’ve covered in detail, was announced together with the iPhone 4S. Apple has stated that Siri will only be made available on its latest handset, meaning that if you wanted to try out Siri, you would have to get the iPhone 4S. Well, when there’s a will there’s a way, and Siri found itself ported (or should we say hacked into) ‘unsupported’ iOS 5 devices like the iPad and the iPhone 4. However, so far, although the application ran, Apple’s servers would refuse to respond to any requests, so Siri remained silent.
Well, bright developers Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) and @chpwn, finally got the lady to answer back on an iPhone 4 and an iPod Touch 4G — at least from what we’ve seen in the video, which you can find after the break. According to Steve, Siri runs well on both the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch, although the latter requires you to speak louder since its microphone was not designed to phone specs.
However, iOS device owners shouldn’t get too excited, just yet, as Steve certainly wants to avoid distributing Apple code he doesn’t own into the open. Getting the hack to work required jail-breaking the iPhone 4S and porting certain files from it to get Siri to connect to Apple’s servers. However, the knowledge is now out there, it’ll be just a matter of time until a method is made public; well, until Apple catches up on this and releases a disabling patch, and the chase begins.[Image remixed from Toronto History, via MacRumors]