Is Siri software or hardware?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by shenfrey, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    The reason I ask is even though we have iPads, iPhones and iMacs they are not very often the latest version since apple do a refresh every 6 - 12 months. With that said, could apple overhaul Siri to the point where it would only work well on there latest hardware at that time, and not on earlier generations that had full support for Siri, because let's not forget Siri is still in beta.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    It's kind of both since all software has minimum hardware requirements.

    Similar to the camera app being able to take still shots while filming but only so on the iPhone 5, I can see Siri evolving in ways that are only supported on some newer devices while retaining what it does now on current devices.

    I don't think it would ever get to a point where an iPhone 4S, for example, "loses" Siri simply because Siri's "outgrown" it.
  3. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    It's both.

    Siri is a combination of software, and a set of microphones (main + noise cancelling).

    On the server side, I'm guessing there's also a bunch of audio-processing hardware and software too.
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    All the current compatable devices feature an extra chip for sound processing as well as 2 microphones. That's the hardware side. Everything else is software.

    But technically Siri dosnt live on a chip on your phone it lives on a server so you decide.
  5. macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    like everyone else said, both. That is the reason the 4 was excluded even though it runs the same version of IOS.
  6. macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Unless you Jailbreak the iPhone 4 and then it works fine.

    The reality is that *nothing* is impossible in software.

    There's not a single part of iOS or App that could not work on older devices, a Mac, PC or an Android phone.

    There ARE some things that the iPhone 4S/5 and the newer iPads have that the older devices don't, but that wouldn't actually stop Siri working on them in some capacity.
  7. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    For the purpose of this particular query, IT'S SOFTWARE.

    Because the iPhone does no processing, all the processing is done remotely by Apple's big irons. THEIR hardware, not YOUR hardware.

    My guess.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2009
    I don't mean to derail the thread, but I never knew that was an iPhone 5 feature.
  9. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Hardware requirements do not turn software into hardware.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2012
    it wasn't always excluded on the 4, Siri used to be an App you could download in the App Store.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    You don't say.

  12. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 24, 2007
    I don't know if I should cry or bang my head against a wall until I bleed.

    Siri is pure software. No its not hardware its software. Its software in its purest definition. It had lines of codes etc
  13. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    Neither since both are superfluous reactions to an Internet forum thread.

    Right, but Siri can't run on my TV remote or my coffee maker or my little hand-me-down desktop speakers that I never use at work.

    Based on the content of the initial post, as opposed to just the thread title, it seems appropriate to mention hardware alongside software:

    If, for example, this "overhaul" included a holographic Siri, a la Leia, it would almost certainly not be possible for an iPhone 4S or 5 to project it whereas it could be possible for a future iPhone with appropriate hardware to do so.

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