Enterprising hackers have successfully ported iPhone 4S exclusive Siri onto older iDevices, including the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch. While Apple had claimed that these devices wouldn’t support Siri for hardware reasons, the hackers found that this wasn’t the case — Siri ran at full speed on both devices, which have much slower processors than the new iPhone 4S.
The news comes a few days after they reported a previous success in porting Siri to the iPhone 4, but not being able to authenticate their Siri requests properly with Apple’s servers. With this hurdle cleared, the team now has a fully functioning copy of Siri working as intended, although on the iPod Touch it is necessary to speak loudly and clearly to compensate for the rather awful microphone.
The team that discovered the secret hasn’t revealed a release schedule for the exploit, although they insist it will be released eventually. They are first looking to see if the exploit affects the operating of the rest of the iPhone 4S; if they find it does not then they will post details of their exploit and/or the program itself to allow all jailbroken iPhone 4 users to use Siri.
The real danger towards releasing this information, of course, is that it gives Apple a much easier time of finding and plugging the hole that is being exploited. Expect this release to be the first step in a long cat-and-mouse journey between the hackers and Apple.
Still, it’s a great place to start and with luck we’ll see the real deal made available before too long. We’ll bring you that news as it happens, so stay tuned.