Here's why the iPhone 4 did not get Siri (and won't get it)

Here's why the iPhone 4 did not get Siri (and won't get it)
One of the biggest selling points of the iPhone 4S - except for the amazing 8-megapixel camera and dual-core processor - is Siri, your humble virtual voice assistant. And for many who are not perfectionists about photography, having Siri on the more affordable iPhone 4 could steer them away from the iPhone 4S.

But Apple has not brought Siri on the iPhone 4, and despite Cupertino not giving an official explanation, there’s one possible reason we haven’t looked at before. 

Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap looked at how big the A5 chip on the iPhone 4S is and concludes that the extra area on the die is used by Apple for integrating noise-reduction technology. A dedicated chip by start-up Audience allows the phone to pick up voices more accurately. For example, iPhone 4 noise reduction technology only made it possible for the phone to register voice when placed directly near the user’s mouth. 

So basically, it all boils down to Siri not being able to hear you well on the iPhone 4.

"This situation helps explain why Apple does not offer Siri as a software upgrade on the iPhone 4. Although the older phone includes an Audience chip, the company has since improved its technology to handle 'far-field speech,' which means holding the device at arm's length rather than directly in front of the mouth," Gwennap explained.

Audience’s second-generation technology making all this possible was only launched in 2011, which explains why it’s not in the iPhone 4.

What’s interesting is that a new and better, third-generation Audience noise-reduction technology is on its way and might arrive on the iPad 3 or next iPhone. Apple is not Audience’s only customer, though - Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony are all on the list of companies using it. Handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Titan and the Sony Tablet S come with the Audience chip.

source: CNET

Related phones

iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A4, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1420 mAh
  • OS iOS 7.x



12. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

More pr rubbish and guff from apple. The sheer fact is siri was available to download from the iphone app store for iphones long before the iphone 4s was announced. The reason siri is now not available and will not be future available for the iphone 4 is apple simply would not have the proverbial wool to pull over its mass sheep drone eyes to fool them into buying the same phone again but with an s added to the name. in 10 months time they'll prob bring something like a slightly new photo capture mode function to the iphone 5 and claim it cant be put on the iphone 4s as it only has an 8 mp camera while the 5 could have a say a 12mp camera,Apples advice will be " photo capture software cannot be put on iphone 4s due to the megapixels,please buy an iphone 5 immediately,it changes everything again"

22. stealthd unregistered

This doesn't even come from Apple. Learn to read, fanboy.

11. SleepingOz unregistered

Another stupid, in denial, excuse! We all know that siri can be ported to the iphone4, the only reason apple didn't do it is 'coz they know that the 800MHZ dualcore and the 8mp sensor were not enough to make the sheeps upgrade to the 4s.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I disagree. If the 4s proved anything, it's that the Apple faithful will flock to ANY device the company releases. If Apple were to release the original iPhone again today, with 2G radio only, no retina display, no cut and paste - they'd buy it in droves.

17. SleepingOz unregistered

totally right!

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Bollocks!! Grab your iPhone 4. Straighten your hand so that the iPhone 4 is ~ half a meter from your mouth. Long-press the home button, wait for the Voice Control screen to appear. Say in a normal voice "What time it is". ? Profit! iPhone 4 can't hear me well? Bollocks. Completely Bollocks.

9. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Spire works perfect once you find a proxy server, so I doubt its got anything to do with the iPhone 4 NOT BEING ABLE to handle Siri in any way. Its the only selling point for the iPhone 4S! I'm glad I stuck with my iPhone 4 coz the battery lasts a lot longer than my friends who've got the 4S.

8. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I made the jump from 4 to 4s. They are both good phones but the voice is a a big deal. It is integrated into the whole phone (Texting.etc.). The system is the same but the phones are not. Please don't hate something because you don't want or are jealous of it. 4s is a phone that all companies would make if they could. Ask Samsung they try all the time but do a very poor job of it.

14. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes, every company wants to make a phone with a puny screen, made of glass which is good to look at ONLY and only has any value in the market because of a Apple logo on the back...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If a pile of crap had an apple logo people would buy it.

20. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

You're totally right! And the proof is the iphone series!

19. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

Wow, you're so right! Samsung does do a poor job of imitating a mediocre product filled with little/no innovations that's only popular because of its name and people's inability to think for themselves. So, yeah, Samsung isn't good at imitation but they excel at innovation... which is why they're on top buddy.

4. Anirbanrocks

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

One Doubt..if this was released in did Google Nexus One got it..i guess it was released on 2010 with Xperia X10...(correct me if i m wrong)!!

2. ezradja

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Excuses after excuses. Right. Duh.

18. Socalvenom unregistered

personally as a iphone 4 owner I just don't care for siri I believe its over rated and it's just another piece of software created to make people even more lazier then they already are In fact I'm honestly 100% tired of my iphone and after much consideration I've decided to sell it and buy me ether the new Sony Xperia ion or a Samsung GS2

21. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

provided you were an actual iPhone owner :P

24. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i own the 4 that's some bullcrap. why not let the owners get siri and then decide if it sucks or not. let us try it out you sorry excuses of a company

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. Siri is a very nice feature to have, iPhone 4 owners should make the jump. Course, there will always be the cheap knockoffs that will pop up elsewhere.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yep I should totally renew or buy off contract just so I can have a overrated, overhyped voice command feature. WORTH IT! Honestly, no. If you love taking photos then maybe because there is no denying the iphone 4s has the best camera on a cell phone. But you would be a fool to upgrade just for a stupid voice command. I have heard times people already stopped using Siri.

7. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

dude jumping from a 4 to a 4s realy is not that great, my friend got the 4s after a 3gs and said to me just to keep my iphone 4 and wait for the 5, im not going to waste money for three extra features.

13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Spoken like a true fanboy...and you people wonder why we call you guys sheep..

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