Apple confirms Siri will stay an iPhone 4S exclusive

Apple confirms Siri will stay an iPhone 4S exclusive
Since the iPhone 4S was released, we've seen Siri be hacked and ported (often with limited functionality) on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, and iPad. Each time, it seems the only thing holding back Siri from working fully on other iOS devices is that Apple hasn't approved those devices to connect to the Apple servers. Even so, Apple has confirmed that Siri will remain exclusive to the iPhone 4S. 

There had been rumors that Apple was testing Siri for use on the iPhone 4, but an e-mail from an Apple rep to developer Michael Steeber has squashed that rumor. In the reply, Apple's engineering team said that "Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices." 

As we've seen in hacks, that doesn't mean that Siri can't work on other devices, just that Apple has no plans to support other devices. The e-mail came to Steeber in response to an idea he posed to Apple that it could sell Siri as an add-on to older devices for $19.99. It seems Apple would rather leave Siri as a selling point of the iPhone 4S though. 

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25 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"It seems Apple would rather leave Siri as a selling point of the iPhone 4S though." If Apple had released Siri for older iDevices, it would have been time to short their stock. Apple makes minimal $ on their iDevices after the sale. It is all about selling new iDevices going forward. Don't be surprised if new releases of Siri are not backward compatible to even the iPhone 4S....

2. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

F.B.S.!!

3. theandroid1

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

It doesn't make me made that my iPhone 4 won't be getting Siri. Even if it is possible I realize Apple needs to keep it exclusive as it is a main selling point for the iPhone 4S. However, I am extremely unhappy to hear that it will not be coming to the iPad 2. I bought this device launch week only a few months ago and they have already decided to not give it the latest and greatest features. It is almost guaranteed that the iPad 3 will get it yet the iPad 2 just won't (for no reason, the power is there and it wouldn't cut into the 4s sales). When I pay 500 for a device I at least expect it to stay get the latest features for 10 months.

5. Tristann

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

Wow how could they not support the iPad? Its a giant iPhone(Or itouch)! They have the same A5 Chip -.- Oh well i just wanted Siri to mess around with it :P

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

@theandroid1 - Apple is only interested in being your friend as long as you continue to buy their new stuff. The moment you take delivery of whatever iDevice you purchased, you are yesterday's news to them. There is a reason why Apple is on track to receive 60% of cellphone industry profits.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How do you explain their highest in the industry customer satisfaction ratings.

9. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Distorted reality - because they manage to turn their users into die-hard supporters such as yourself. It's not all bad. If a company can make its customers die-hard fans, more power to them. But the success we're seeing with Apple, and even smartphones in general, in this generation is more about the culture than it is about the products. As a result of the cultural trend, many Apple fans are satisfied with Apple because what they wanted was to be the proud owner of an Apple product, no matter what benefits or faults came with the product itself. I say distorted reality because cognition is all about perception, and perception is dependent on the filters your brain applies to process information. If I were an average fan of a company, I would use the product, pay little attention to its faults, and focus my attention and excitement on the cool things it can do. Basically, it's just bias.

10. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

100% with u there. [i'm an iPhone 4 user by d way, but let d truth be told.]

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How does customer satisfaction rating relate to a decision to keep Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S? Or, how does customer satisfaction scores relate to Apple focusing on driving revenues from iDevice sales?

6. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yea, cuz nobody else wants the peice of TRASH!

7. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

hahahaha !!! stupid apple ! ^_^

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Who says Apple doesn't support their legact devices??? I'm sorry, that just plain sucks! Basically they're saying, "Sure your phone can do it. But we want you to buy another one instead just because." Kinda reminds me of the Stride chewing gum commercials. Chew another piece...or we'll find you! As a customer with 3 available upgrades right now, this makes it just a little harder for Apple to get my money. It would be different if it were a new piece of hardware. There is no way a customer could expect Apple to retro-fit their ip4 with an 8MP shooter. But software?!?!? What happens if they I were to buy an iP4S and they make "iMaps" exclusive to the iP5 only? I am an Apple fan, but I'm not gonna bend over every June (or October maybe) just because Apple comes up with the next great iApp. I'll keep a Mac or two as far as computers, but they can keep their phones.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're not an Apple fan. You never say anything positive about Apple

25. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That's because this is PHONEarena! I'm not a big fan of the iPhone at all. iOS is okay but gets so boring. If we're talking about computers...I have nothing but good things to say about the Mac line. But I need more on my phone and Apple ain't gonna give me what I want.

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"What happens if they I were to buy an iP4S and they make "iMaps" exclusive to the iP5 only?" You get to decide if you want to express your dissatisfaction with Apple by voting with your wallet (aka buy an Android device). Welcome to capitalism. (Not being snarky; just expressing reality.)

12. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Normal Every year the slaves must buy the new model to follow

13. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Reason being...siri is the only difference between iphone4 and 4s....gotta have something to justify price difference between the two phones...i am more than certain siri can operate on iphone4...but if it could...then why would there be a need for 4s

17. JonnyV

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Actually, the dual core processor and camera are the main differences between an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S. The software is only a perk. I agree with the general consensus that forcing the user to purchase new hardware to use a piece of software is just plain ridiculous.

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well (and this is a compliment not an attempt to bash the new iPhone) the iPhone four took great pictures and I have never seen one lag really so the upgrades to camera/CPU are relatively minor to most users I would think.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Haha they ran out of ideas for new features so they "create" them by removing an app from the store and making it exclusive to their new product... Way go to go guys, way to go...

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Will someone with an iPhone or knowledge of this clarify for me, which models was the app available for before being pulled from the app store?

18. JonnyV

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

The app/feature was NEVER in the store. If you actually read the article, it explains that people were able to port it onto hacked devices. It was merely suggested that they sell it in the store. They didn't actually post it.

19. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

No. Siri was a stand alone app available on the app store before it was marketed as a feature for the new iPhone. I could be wrong, but that was my understanding. I'm almost positive I even saw a post where someone had it on their older iPhone. I haven't owned an iPhone since the Droid came out and I never had siri so I don't know for sure.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my understanding is that it was in the app store. there was someone on the boards complaining that they had it on their ipad or whatnot and it stopped working shortly after apple bought it, since they wanted to make it an i4s exclusive.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why make 20 bux when they could make 70% of 600?

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