"Hey Siri" without Power Connection

terrapin1969

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Didn't I hear that the "Hey Siri" functionality without being connected to a power source was added to iOS 9.1? If so, I don't have it. I also have a Galaxy S6 whose "Hey Google" functionality blows this away...Any reason why we can't have this relatively basic feature?
 

iphonedude2008

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Didn't I hear that the "Hey Siri" functionality without being connected to a power source was added to iOS 9.1? If so, I don't have it. I also have a Galaxy S6 whose "Hey Google" functionality blows this away...Any reason why we can't have this relatively basic feature?
No it was not. Its only in the new iPhones. I agree, it is such a simple feature. You can jailbreak and enable it, but no stock implementation.
 

terrapin1969

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Is it worth JB to enable this - do you think - I usually stay stock but would love to have this feature. Having to plug it in is ridiculous. But I am assuming it's a hardware thing so no future updates to my 6 Plus is going to remedy. Is 9.1 on the 6 Plus JB-able?
 

iphonedude2008

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Is it worth JB to enable this - do you think - I usually stay stock but would love to have this feature. Having to plug it in is ridiculous. But I am assuming it's a hardware thing so no future updates to my 6 Plus is going to remedy. Is 9.1 on the 6 Plus JB-able?
It is worth it. There's so much more to do. 9.1 is not, but 9.0.2 is still signed. If you want to JB, downgrade quick. Download it for your device from this link. Then, plug your phone into iTunes. Hold shift (option on mac) and press update in iTunes. Then choose the ipsw file you just downloaded. You're data will remain and then you can use pangu to JB. I posted a guide that is stickied on the Jailbreak subforum
 

terrapin1969

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awesome - can I unjailbreak if I need to and can you post me the link to your tutorial? thanks so much
 

applezulu

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The 6S handles the "hey siri" function with the low-power M9 co-processor, rather than the primary A9 processor. This means having it available without the power connection won't have a huge impact on battery life. Earlier phones can't do it that way, so if Apple turned the feature on for older phones, they'd get an influx of complaints that iOS 9 is a battery killer on those phones. They'd probably get a lot more complaints for the battery problem than they will for the hey siri feature only being available on the 6S. Presumably if you jailbreak an older phone to get the feature, you'll also get the battery drain to go with it.
 

iphonedude2008

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The 6S handles the "hey siri" function with the low-power M9 co-processor, rather than the primary A9 processor. This means having it available without the power connection won't have a huge impact on battery life. Earlier phones can't do it that way, so if Apple turned the feature on for older phones, they'd get an influx of complaints that iOS 9 is a battery killer on those phones. They'd probably get a lot more complaints for the battery problem than they will for the hey siri feature only being available on the 6S. Presumably if you jailbreak an older phone to get the feature, you'll also get the battery drain to go with it.
Yes that is true. On my 6+, it did drain battery. However, it was only about <1% extra per hour
 

applezulu

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Yes that is true. On my 6+, it did drain battery. However, it was only about <1% extra per hour
Right, but that would come out to maybe 10% in a day, which would undoubtedly generate multiple threads of outrage here if the feature were turned on for those earlier phones. It's kind of a lesser-of-two-evils no-win sort of thing from Apple's perspective. Only turn the feature on for the 6S that's designed to handle the energy usage, and people will complain that it's a cynical ploy to make people pay for the new phone to get the feature. If they went ahead and turned it on for the older phones, then people would complain that it's a cynical ploy to degrade the older phones in order to drive people to upgrade to the new phone.

Planned obsolescence is definitely a real thing, but it's also a secondary result of competitive pressures to constantly add new functionality to technology products.
 
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