Apple Pulls Original Siri App From App Store

Siri icon

Now that Siri has finally been integrated into the iPhone 4S, the standalone app Apple chose to keep alive even after Siri’s acquisition has been pulled off the App Store. Taking down the app obviously means that present iPhone owners won’t be able to experience the game changing AI technology behind the app.

If you still have the app on their homescreens, when you launch it you would be greeted by a message saying:

“I’ve been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S. I’ll be leaving for home Oct 15th. Until then…how can I help you?”

Siri Message

The app, which was launched in early 2010 received a lot of love from the tech community including Robert Scoble, NYT BITS and of course us.

The reasons behind the removal weren’t disclosed publicly by Apple, but Greg Kumparak’s analysis seems spot on:

For one, it’s pretty tough to up-sell current iPhone 4 owners to the iPhone 4S if one of the biggest features is already available (albeit to a limited extent) as a third-party app. Less nefariously, having a third-party app (especially one that hadn’t been updated in around a year) available with the same name as a feature would be beyond confusing.

He notes that the app was pulled right after Apple finished demonstrating Siri on the iPhone 4S.

Also, now redirects to Siri’s page on the Apple website.

[via MacRumors]

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  • psp

    that is bad! i can’t try it now!

  • 4ror

    I’m guessing Siri is not part of ios5 on iphone4? So the only way to try it is iPhone4 users now have to upgrade to 4s??

    • dndlstlr

      yep! but hopefully someone from the jailbreak community can port it over to the iphone4… however i wonder if its performance will be hindered by the A4 processor…

      • tomdotcom

        I’m not sure on the reliability of this info, so don’t take it as gospel, but a friend of mine says most of the processing for Siri is done in the cloud. If that’s true, then the A4 should be able to handle it without issue.

  • fingers21

    I take it siri app was free? Otherwise people have paid for an app they can’t use, will they be refunded? I personally never tried it as I always thought speech recognition apps were to inaccurate, until apple demo’d at there event the other day.

  • Whatever

    It was a free app and its performance certainly doesn’t warrant an upgrade to 4s

  • fas

    Apple is smart, you cant pull an app like that, its so wrong.

  • Thats really strange. Just came to know about it….