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Apple says ‘no plans’ to bring Siri to older devices

Responding to the queries of Cult of Mac’s Michael Steeber, Apple said it currently has “no plans” to add Siri support to older devices.

Steeber got word from someone who contacted Apple through a bug report, pitching the idea that people would pay for a build of Siri that works in older phones. Apple’s reply?

“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,” according to Steeber.

That throws some cold water on a report from JailBreak Nation earlier this month, which indicated that the company may have been testing the digital personal assistant on older iPhones. The program was a major draw — perhaps the major draw — for those looking to upgrade to the latest Apple handset, so it’s not really a surprise that the company isn’t planning on making Siri available on older models any time soon.

For the adventurous who don’t care about their warranties, hackers have figured out a way to make Siri run on older iPhones and on the fourth-generation iPod Touch. PCWorld reported that hackers Steve Troughton-Smith and Grant Paul demonstrated a working Siri build on the iPhone 4, though the program’s raise-to-talk feature didn’t work without the 4S’s gyroscope.

As with all homebrew modifications to the iPhone, however, doing that will risk voiding your warranty and or rendering the phone inoperable if you don’t do it quite right.

Related stories:

Report: Apple trying Siri on older phones

Apple’s Siri shows she’s only a beta

Siri works even when phones are locked

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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