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  • Siri Port Is Now Legally Possible Thanks to iOS 5.0.1 Revision

    Have you given up on ever having Siri on your iPhone 4? Maybe you should reconsider...

    iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone 4S had a slight revision today (Build 9A406). It wasn't a full blown update, but it was something that seemed to tweak iOS 5.0.1 a bit. It comes with some good news. Earlier today, MuscleNerd Tweeted on Twitter that a Siri port is now possible legally thanks to the fact that the new revised iOS 5.0.1 is now open and no longer locked down as it was in the previous release of iOS 5.0.1. What this means is that the files necessary are now out in the open and hackers don't need to go through serious copyright problems digging in to use the core files. You can see MuscleNerd's Tweet(s) below:



    Since the Ramdisks are no longer encrypted, iOS hackers now have the legal ability to grab the Siri files from an iPhone 4S. This makes an iPhone 4 Siri port possible without breaking any laws and additionally, it will put a smile on the face of anyone eagerly awaiting any kind of future Siri port.

    iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3G users have been eagerly waiting for a Siri port on their iOS 5 device. The article written about Siri for the iPhone 4 here on Modmyi is perhaps one of the most viewed articles of the year there's no doubt that a lot of people want it. There have been several attempts to bring Siri to the iPhone 4 and other older devices, but it just hasn't really worked out due to legal issues.

    We've been able to test out Siri wannabes such as H1Siri, Siri0us, and ESRA, however none of them have cut the cake well enough. H1Siri operates off of a non-trustworthy third party server, Siri0us is only Nuance dictation built into certain applications with annoying ads all over the place, and ESRA does a horrible job at detecting what you are saying. While the iPhone 4S has upgraded hardware that uses face distance technology to make Siri work as efficiently as possible and older iDevices do not, thanks to this open file system we might actually start seeing a legitimate Siri port sometime in the future with at least most of Siri's functionality.

    Are you excited that a Siri port is now legal thanks to the open file system? Share what you think in the comments.

    Sources: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Siri Port Is Now Legally Feasible Thanks to iOS 5.0.1 Revision started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. Dtpl's Avatar
      Dtpl -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      Siri needs 4S authentication, based on a unique device id which is refreshed periodically. Porting the files and having Siri still does not bypass this requirement for it to work. Get clarity.
      A lot of people already know that, but nobody was really able to release their GUI ports, that will get connection eventually, due to copyright. With this, it's not illegal anymore.
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Hope it isn't a mess up by Apple such that they fix it with next update.
      It won't matter. They can still legally grab it from this version of 5.0.1
    1. roger1079's Avatar
      roger1079 -
      I find it highly ironic that a company that has been notorious for running a closed operating system and developer environment has all of a sudden left the iOS file system unprotected. I would advise anyone looking to use any files, especially Siri to tread very carefully. Think of it as someone owning a car and leaving the doors unlocked and the windows down. Just because the owner didn't lock the doors doesn't make it legal to take the car for a joyride. You are still playing with files that are Apple's intellectual property. Whether the files have been protected or not makes no difference at all. On top of that, you are still using Apple's servers to process the Siri commands in an unauthorized manner. The EFF has stated over and over that jailbreaking is legal, however unauthorized use of Apple's intellectual property, both servers and iOS files in a manner that violates the EULA are a totally different ballgame altogether. I doubt the end user of the port would ever have anything to fear, however they may very well be looking for a developer to make an example out of and have made it that much easier from their side by dropping the car keys on the seat.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger1079 View Post
      I find it highly ironic that a company that has been notorious for running a closed operating system and developer environment has all of a sudden left the iOS file system unprotected. I would advise anyone looking to use any files, especially Siri to tread very carefully. Think of it as someone owning a car and leaving the doors unlocked and the windows down. Just because the owner didn't lock the doors doesn't make it legal to take the car for a joyride. You are still playing with files that are Apple's intellectual property. Whether the files have been protected or not makes no difference at all. On top of that, you are still using Apple's servers to process the Siri commands in an unauthorized manner. The EFF has stated over and over that jailbreaking is legal, however unauthorized use of Apple's intellectual property, both servers and iOS files in a manner that violates the EULA are a totally different ballgame altogether. I doubt the end user of the port would ever have anything to fear, however they may very well be looking for a developer to make an example out of and have made it that much easier from their side by dropping the car keys on the seat.
      Very good point. Sure, it may sound like some conspiracy theory, but it could be very true. Maybe this is all they need to stop jailbreaking altogether.
    1. ianblondeau's Avatar
      ianblondeau -
      Quote Originally Posted by Puka1701 View Post
      Siri is much too over hyped. I don't really find it to be very useful, and would appreciate a method to invoke the old Voice Control on my 4S (for when there's no Internet connection). Nonetheless, Siri on my 3GS would still be appreciated to keep things consistent. Although I feel I may have to 'port' it myself.
      I agree on the old voice control. I've wanted to just ask it to call someone while traveling in sketch ball signal spots and it can't look up a number. that's poor design. It shouldn't need data to search my device. I do like siri but would rather have my jb'd 4 back + siri.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crazyj29 View Post
      Apple relies on jail break community to come up with new ideas. I believe they opened it up to see what else could be done with Siri and how it could be improved. Just like iOS 5.0, most of the new improvements have been around for awhile on jail broke phones.
      If that's true then why did they make it so hard to JB the 4S and iPad 2?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      To prevent piracy
    1. mattschambers03's Avatar
      mattschambers03 -
      I have a question about Siri port....after I downloaded it and put he certificate on there none of my apps will work I try and open them but then they take long like their going to open and instead of opening they crash? Am I doing something wrong or does anyone have a solution?