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  • iPhone 4S Killer Feature "Siri" Personal Assistant Brings Man One Step Closer to Skynet



    Scott Forstall asked the iPhone 4S running Siri "Who are you?"

    "A humble personal assistant," Siri replied.

    Right....for now.

    Today Apple showed off their latest innovation in mobile technology (which we speculated about last night) and surprisingly it wasn't a brand spankin new device, rather it was an incredibly innovative voice command personal assistant application called Siri. On a day when only an iPhone 4S with faster insides and no cosmetic changes was the big hardware announcement, Apple came through in the clutch on the software side of iOS with the Siri personal assistant. Sadly Siri will only be available for the iPhone 4S. Apparently the iPhone 4 and 3GS don't have enough processing power to run the program.

    Siri, in the simplest of terms, is a personal assistant. Users can schedule meetings, look up information on the web, text, check the weather, and a ton of other tasks by simply speaking. Memorized commands aren't necessary. Everything done with Siri portratys the illusion of conversation very well, especially compared to other offerings.

    Forstall asked Siri "Finde me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto," and Siri responded with the following:



    Siri even taps into the phones GPS to help set up location based reminders. Do you constantly forget to lock the door to your house when you go to work? Siri will notify you as soon as you leave your house with a little reminder of "Did you remember to lock the house?" Never again will someone break into my home by walking through the front door.

    This is definitely a step forward in voice-command based computerized personal assistants, especially ones that fit in the palm of your hand. Apple may have disappointed those looking for some newly designed hardware, but for those looking for an improved user experience, they potentially delivered in spades. For me, I'm looking forward to asking Siri, "What is the meaning of life?" My future depends on her answer....



    Source: Apple [images via Engadget]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4S Killer Feature "Siri" Personal Assistant Brings Man One Step Closer to Skynet started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. nickkim79's Avatar
      nickkim79 -
      Question is, if this is purely a software enhancement on iOS5 why can't we run this on iPhone4??

      Though supposedly the processor on the 4 is not "powerful" enough to handle Siri I wonder if the JB community can tweak it so it'll still work...anyone know??
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Y'know what's so disappointing about this? Apple makes umpteen billion dollars a year and they still can't design an entirely new phone in a year. They can't even change the bevel around the edge of the phone. Nothing! They're slapping in a chip that cost probably an extra two dollars to manufacture and calling it a day...
    1. JSkywalker217's Avatar
      JSkywalker217 -
      You can actually get Siri Assistant from the App Store. Unfortanately, you try to download it, its actually not available, maybe because of bottlenecking. But I have other ways to get it, and if you all know what I mean go get it.. Google is your friend.
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      They made Siri only available for the iPhone 4S because they want you to upgrade. It has absolutely nothing to do with CPU power, no matter what anyone tells you.
      I completely agree! I guarantee that non iphone 4s owners will be able to get this or something similar through Cydia.
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by emerica6708 View Post
      From what I've read Siri is only for iPhone 4S and maybe the iPad 2 it is dependent in the A5 processor and lots of RAM.
      Thats complete bull of Apple is going to pull a fast one on us iPhone 4 users by giving Siri to only 4S customers. The Siri feature can and will work on the iPhone 4. Always trust your friendly jailbreak community.
    1. jed2012's Avatar
      jed2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      They made Siri only available for the iPhone 4S because they want you to upgrade. It has absolutely nothing to do with CPU power, no matter what anyone tells you.

      then they should be able to port it over to a regular i4 with a jailbreak tweak just as they have done with other features from ios4 that were not available on 3gs and 3g
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      How many of you remember this? This screenshot is living breathing proof it can indeed work considering this was enabled on an iPhone 4 in iOS 5 Beta 5. (The little microphone icon to the bottom left of the space bar)http://technoruff.com/wp-content/upl...07-0346441.jpg
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This is actually would be a very useful tool for many people. I know I loved the voice reading and typing on my Nokia phone.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      WTF is the big deal about Siri? I am on 4.3.3 iOS on my i4 and I already have the Siri app! It's not that great or anything and u certainly don't know why Apple is acting like it's NEW cuz I've had for probably close to 9 months!

      I just tried to post a pic of it but for some reason it's saying I dont have permission to post a pic!
    1. Jammole's Avatar
      Jammole -
      hmm.. so i'm guessing you can't trade in your i4 for the i4s?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      WTF is the big deal about Siri? I am on 4.3.3 iOS on my i4 and I already have the Siri app! It's not that great or anything and u certainly don't know why Apple is acting like it's NEW cuz I've had for probably close to 9 months!

      I just tried to post a pic of it but for some reason it's saying I dont have permission to post a pic!
      Probably becase this version has far deeper intergration than the app.