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BLOG: Apple's Siri speaks also on iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G

Ian Paul | Nov. 1, 2011
The end of Siri's exclusivity on the iPhone 4S may be near. No, I'm not talking about Siri running on the purported Apple television set, but Siri on jailbroken iPhone 4 and -- possibly -- 3GS handsets.

Siri Unchained

It's not clear when the Siri port will be released. Troughton-Smith said he first wants to confirm it works properly, is secure, doesn't break other apps, and functions on iOS devices. It's likely the Siri port will be available after a public release of iPhone 4S jailbreak tools.

But even once the code is released, porting Siri to the iPhone 4 and other iOS devices won't be for the faint of heart. Troughton-Smith said he plans to release source code to the tools he made, but won't create a compiled program to help you do the port. In part, Troughton-Smith is leery of creating a specific jailbreak tool, because it may be grounds for Apple to sue for copyright infringement since a complete Siri hack tool requires modifying and distributing system files taken from an iPhone 4S.

For Troughton-Smith, the Siri hack isn't really about creating the final tool, but solving the technical challenge presented by moving Siri to other iOS devices. "I wanted to prove to myself that I could make Siri work," Troughton-Smith said. "To make it easy for everyone else I'll leave to whomever takes the reins after this."

The iPhone 4 may not be the only device to get some unofficial Siri love. Troughton-Smith plans to test his solution on the iPhone 3GS in November.



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