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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. agray92024's Avatar
      agray92024 -
      I can't wait but I think I will have my iPhone 5 before we get it on my iPhone 4.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Hope it isn't a mess up by Apple such that they fix it with next update.
    1. fatalcrixer's Avatar
      fatalcrixer -
      Sweeeeeeet !!!!!! where do I donate?
    1. SilverWulfe's Avatar
      SilverWulfe -
      Quote Originally Posted by agray92024 View Post
      I can't wait but I think I will have my iPhone 5 before we get it on my iPhone 4.
      Giddy up homie. I very well could jb my 4. I'm waiting for a stable un teathered jb, and I too fear that Siri will be available around the time the 5 comes out.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Will this help with other things as well, such as jailbreaking?
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      The issue with Siri server authentication on non-4S devices still lingers but, whatever. Hope this update doesn't delay the 4S jb.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Hope it isn't a mess up by Apple such that they fix it with next update.
      hardly, I believe Apple did this on purpose to see how the Jailbreak community would advance it's technology (Given what we have already seen thus far Siri via Proxy, Appliance Control, etc)... plus this wouldn't be the first time we have seen a company do that (Microsoft Kinect).
    1. DnBKiD521's Avatar
      DnBKiD521 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daerid View Post
      Will this help with other things as well, such as jailbreaking?
      Good question sir
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      hardly, I believe Apple did this on purpose to see how the Jailbreak community would advance it's technology (Given what we have already seen thus far Siri via Proxy, Appliance Control, etc)... plus this wouldn't be the first time we have seen a company do that (Microsoft Kinect).
      True; hackers took Kinect to a whole new level on what it could do and showed the absolute power it held outside of gaming.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daerid View Post
      Will this help with other things as well, such as jailbreaking?
      +1 good question

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      True; hackers took Kinect to a whole new level on what it could do and showed the absolute power it held outside of gaming.
      Saves them a hell of a lot of money that's for sure.. I'd be curious to know how big the team is that is working on the "Siri" technology.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Hope it isn't a mess up by Apple such that they fix it with next update.
      Even if it is a mess up, we now have the file and can legal por Siri, there is nothing they can do about that.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      "I have you now" or at least soon hopefully.
    1. Crazyj29's Avatar
      Crazyj29 -
      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.
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      I'm so ready for Siri on my iphone4
    1. Tashawn's Avatar
      Tashawn -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Even if it is a mess up, we now have the file and can legal por Siri, there is nothing they can do about that.
      What about encrypting future firmwares making it illegal to stay up to date with Siri future features and improvements.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      If we get siri on the 4 (legally) I will likely sell my 4S and go with the 4. I can probably double my memory (32gb versus 16) and have some cash on top. Tired of living sans jailbreak.
    1. Puka1701's Avatar
      Puka1701 -
      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.
    1. Dtpl's Avatar
      Dtpl -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Hope it isn't a mess up by Apple such that they fix it with next update.
      Which leads me to a question, if it was a mistake and Apple fixes it, will Siri ports be illegal again, or are they forever legal now that the files are obtainable currently, even if they aren't in the future
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      So we should all update to 5.0.1 before apple patches it????
    1. starkall's Avatar
      starkall -
      I don't see why they are wasting so much time in old and outdated hardware! Makes no sense