What’s stopping Apple from porting their iPhone 4S-only Siri voice activated personal assistant system onto the older iPhone 4? Very little, according to developer Steven Troughton-Smith. He’s been working hard trying to get the thing to run on the last Apple smartphone model, and sees very few obstacles in the path of a port.
Managing a decent version of the system, Troughton-Smith’s Siri for iPhone 4 can carry out voice-activated commands, understand typed commands and even give vocalised responses to users.
The only problem seems to be speed, with Siri on the iPhone 4 taking a little longer to process commands and load UI elements than on the iPhone 4S.
“The issue here is not Siri, but is that a special GPU driver for iPhone 4 is needed; and it is obviously not included in the iPhone 4S binary cache – where the Siri files are located,” explains 9to5Mac, who have been following Troughton-Smith’s work closely.
It’s not perfect, but its not totally unusable on the iPhone 4 either then. Expect jailbroken iPhone 4 owners to be flaunting this very soon.