Apple Has No Plans to Support Siri on Older Devices

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When Apple introduced the Siri voice assistant, the company made it clear that the feature was exclusive to the iPhone 4S alone.

There was some speculation that Siri required the iPhone 4S's faster processor, but recent hack have shown Siri to run quite well on the iPhone 4. Meanwhile, one rumor even claimed that Apple been internally testing Siri on the iPhone 4, raising some hopes for an eventual release.

Unfortunately, Michael Steeber posts an Apple reply to a bug report which states quite clearly that Apple isn't planning on supporting Siri on older devices:
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.
Apple generally keeps quiet about their plans, so this is probably as much as we'll hear for an official position on the possibility of official Siri support on the iPhone 4 or iPad 2.

Article Link: Apple Has No Plans to Support Siri on Older Devices
 

ouimetnick

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Make sense. Even though it all done over the air, if you can milk your loyal customers, then do it. Frankly, no one would bother to get the 4S if it just had a slightly improved camera, and an A5.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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You need to get that puppy charging.

No doubt iOS 5 is what brought that battery down to 8%.
 

wordoflife

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Very clever. Siri doesn't cease to amaze me. I never thought voice activation would be this great anytime soon.
 

samcraig

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" Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices."

Not entirely accurate. It's even been shown to work on a 3GS.
 

haruhiko

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Please charge your phone :D

Of course Apple is not gonna enable support for older devices at this time... They have paid a lot in the Siri ads for iPhone 4S... they are not gonna waste it.
 

Macopotamus

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With "older" being the word everyone should pay attention to. It'll be on the iPad 2S next March. :)
 

caliguy

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How has this ever even been a question? It's obviously only going to be available on 4s and newer devices; it's a major selling point, a feature to make people want to upgrade their device. Especially since the form factor of the 4s remained the same.
 

DESNOS

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It has been discussed that the true reason for them to limit it to one device like that is due to the load placed on their servers. I think that makes sense considering the recent downtime Siri has been experiencing. Perhaps the 4S alone is pushing the limits.
 

AppleScruff1

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Make sense. Even though it all done over the air, if you can milk your loyal customers, then do it. Frankly, no one would bother to get the 4S if it just had a slightly improved camera, and an A5.
Of course they would. People would wait in line to buy it even if Apple announced there were no changes at all. That's the power of Apple marketing and the type of customers it has.
 

mrsir2009

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It has been discussed that the true reason for them to limit it to one device like that is due to the load placed on their servers. I think that makes sense considering the recent downtime Siri has been experiencing. Perhaps the 4S alone is pushing the limits.
Yes, imagine if they chucked all the existing iPhone 4 and 3GS users onto Siri :eek:
 

thewitt

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Apple would not admit a product strategy even if they were planning on releasing Siri for older devices. The article is worthless....
 

jackc

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Oh well, by the time I upgrade, Siri will be 100 times better -- I will appreciate the sudden awesomeness
 

SkierDoc

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For those who didn't know, Siri was available as a downloadable app on the app store up until the launch of the 4S. Although it didn't have the integration with the native apps, or the dictate capability on the keyboard, it otherwise had the same voice recognition functionality with regards to asking Siri questions. The 4S version did not expand on the voice recognition, it simply added integration to the native apps.

Thus, I would seriously doubt Apple's assertion that older phones are simply not capable of running Siri - they did so just fine before the 4S launch date. The processing power required is not the integration with the other apps, but the processing of the voice (and this it appears is actually done on Apple's servers.)

Furthermore, Apple disabled the old Siri app the day after the iPhone 4S was released. Way to go Apple!
 

RipsMctits

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I hope it never comes to older devices simply because I don't want to wait ten minutes for Siri to respond every time because all the new i4 users are asking her what she's wearing. Apple's servers can barely handle what they have now, let alone what they would be dealing with if they rolled it out to older devices.
 

stickybuns

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Much ado about nothing.

Since when are new features announced through bug report email correspondences? Besides "currently" does not equal "never".
 

acfusion29

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Apple doesn't like releasing half-assed software.. so i don't think this is going to be released for any current iOS devices.

yes, siri was ported to the iPhone 4, but we still don't know how well it would really run on the device since it had trouble communicating with the servers.

For those who didn't know, Siri was available as a downloadable app on the app store up until the launch of the 4S. Although it didn't have the integration with the native apps, or the dictate capability on the keyboard, it otherwise had the same voice recognition functionality with regards to asking Siri questions. The 4S version did not expand on the voice recognition, it simply added integration to the native apps.
you're mistaken. Siri isn't just integrated with native apps, it's integrated with the whole operating system.

you think that was done for free? :rolleyes: Apple's gotta make the money back somehow, and they're doing that with the iPhone 4S.

plus, no one (not even me) is entitled to Siri unless you own an iPhone 4S. you were never promised anything, so people really need to stop bringing this up
 

canucksfan88

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of course apple is not going to release Siri for the iPhone 4/iPad right now...its currently their killer feature for the iPhone 4S. Take away Siri...you have...a phone with an A5 processor and that is to most users no faster than the iPhone 4. Siri is the best marketing tool they have for the 4S.

Once the iPhone 5 comes out...Siri will be made available for the 4.

iPad wise...it will come out exclusively for the iPad 3 or whatever they call it

its pure business. apple is not dumb. and i have no doubt that siri runs fine on the 3GS, 4, iPad 1 and 2.
 
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