Apple: We’re Not Bringing Siri To Older Devices

By on November 9, 2011
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At least not anytime soon.

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Earlier this week, there were unconfirmed rumors that Apple may be testing their voice regnition platform Siri which debuted on the iPhone 4S onto older devices like the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. It was certainly a shocking news because Apple isn’t particular known to be a company that backtracks that way, especially since Siri is the major new selling point of the 4S. Now, we do get confirmation that they’re not planning to bring Siri to older devices ‘anytime soon’.

Michael Stebeer has the info from someone who contacted Apple with a bug report and suggested a paid upgrade of iOS with Siri included for older devices:

Bug Title: Special Siri Build of iOS

iPhone 4 Users and iPod touch 4th generation users pay a fee of 19.99 to upgrade to a ‘special’ build of iOS 5.0.1 with Siri Final in it, (To avoid hackers hacking Siri onto non 4S devices illegally) **Many iPhone 4 Users and iPod touch 4th generation Users will pay for this special iOS build (5.0.1) which will enable Siri for a fee of $19.99 US dollars.

To which, this is what Apple responded with:

Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue:
Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices.

That pretty much looks like the final word on it, and confirms our theory that Apple wouldn’t want to hurt sales of the 4S by making their hot new software available on older devices.

But this could change in the future, so fingers crossed.


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