Yesterday, Steven Troughton-Smith gave us the good news that he had managed to successfully port Siri to iPhone 4. Though the performance on iPhone 4 looked sluggish and there were problems connecting to Apple’s servers, it got a lot of iPhone 4 and even iPad 2 users excited.
Unfortunately, based on the series of tweets by Troughton-Smith, it looks very unlikely that the port will be released to the public.
Troughton-Smith answers some of the commonly asked questions about the Siri port for iPhone 4 with the following series of tweets:
1: Estimate release date for Siri – no
2: Can I provide the Siri stuff – no
3: Is it working properly yet – no
4. Can I release it on Cydia? No, it requires Apple’s files from a 4S. I’ll leave the illegal distribution to you
5. Did not get files from the iPhone 4S IPSW. Pulled the files from a running device using iBrowser and a special tool to pull dyld cache
6. I don’t see any reason yet why it wouldn’t run on an iPod touch 4th gen, or 3rd gen, or a 3GS. Can try that after it’s working
7. I’m not yet working on getting Siri to authenticate with Apple. It may be an easy thing to fix. It may not. I haven’t looked at it yet
Dev Team had also indicated that it was not possible to port Siri to iPhone 4 or any other iOS device without piracy.
Some users are hoping that Apple will magically enable Siri for iOS devices in the future via an iOS software update as they are speculating that Apple decided to limit it to only iPhone 4S users during beta was to avoid high load on their servers. If we look at the issues iPhone 4S users are having with Siri today, that doesn’t sound unreasonable.
But if you were to ask us, we would say don’t count on it.
[via Steven Troughton-Smith]