Siri application taken down from the App Store

Siri application taken down from the App Store
Undoubtedly, the Siri voice-guided assistant is one of the major perks that the iPhone 4S is going to have in its arsenal. Thanks to the cool new feature, the smartphone will be able to recognize input spoken in plain English in a way similar to how the protagonists in some sci-fi flicks control their space-age gadgets.

However, Siri actually started off as a service available on iOS devices, which Apple eventually purchased back in April of 2010. Sure, it may have not been integrated into the platform as deeply as it will be on the iPhone 4S, but the core of its functionality, namely the ability to recognize every day speech, worked fairly well. In fact, Apple kept the service running, and anyone owning an iPhone 3GS or an iPhone 4 could simply grab the Siri application from the App Store.

Unfortunately, things changed with the announcement of the iPhone 4S. Mere moments after the event, the Siri app has been taken down from the App Store. Besides that, those who have it installed on their iPhones are now being informed that the service will not be available on their device after October 15, which is, of course, the release date of the iPhone 4S.

That is bad news for those who are accustomed to using Siri on a daily basis as they will have no other choice but to upgrade to an iPhone 4S in order to use the feature. Still, such a move does not come as a surprise since it wouldn't be logical for Apple to allow one of the major iPhone 4S features to be  available as a third-party app, albeit to a limited extent.

For those of you not familiar with it, we were already treated to a demonstration of Siri for the iPhone 4S, so feel free to check it out as well. The technology looks pretty amazing in action, even though it is in beta stage, and is likely to redefine the standards in voice recognition on mobile devices. But would Siri be much of a reason for anyone holding on to an iPhone 4 or a 3GS to upgrade? Feel free to share your thoughts by dropping a comment below.

source: TechCrunch via Neowin

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24. Littletoto2 unregistered

As an apple user who found siri on his own, and is now being TOLD I will no longer have the option to use this free app unless I upgrade to a $500 phone I am, needless to say, angry. Steve Jobs in turning on his grave. WTF apple.

23. Sonny Red unregistered

I was a SIRI user and it did NONE of the things it does on iPhone 4s...just allowed the ability to dictate or have TXT messages read back...From what I saw on the Apple event SIRI is now on steroids!!! (Not to mention the upgraded camera.) I will be buying the iPhone 4s ASAP!!!! Baaaa Baaaa Baaaaa LOL!!!!!

22. umm...what? unregistered

I may just be ignorant but how is siri that much different from the vlingo app that blackberries and androids have been running for years? It seems like apple users are making a huge deal out of something that is old news.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

damm all this hate from non iphone users... what do you guys care... ohh I see is a perfect scneario to bash on Apple...well I gues the SGSII wore down on you guys now is the Prime... and 2 weeks after that you guys will be bored again...until the the next Android phone comes out

14. GH unregistered

iFans understand that Siri is just for the iphone 4S, it's not an ios 5 feature, please read it twice if necessary. You'll be fooling yourselves looking for Siri on your iphone 4 when you install ios 5. This is like display mirroring on the ipad 2, Apple disabled it on the ipad 1, only to have something else "revolutionary" in order to sell their new tablet.

13. creektrails

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Fiveizzo, I am commenting on Apple issues because my contract is up, has been up for two months and I can choose any platform I wish. After comparing I phone 4s with GSII and looking at both app stores. And then considering how i-big brother controls their minions. I will be a proud owner of the new, nexus prime. BTW You are and my dad can beat up ur dad and you are times infinity, bla bla bla

17. Dude unregistered

Wow, creative...oh, wait, it's really not.

12. Evemon unregistered

Much as I hate the total control Apple tries to have over their product, Siri is supposed to be an integrated part of iOS 5. They're not making you purchase the iPhone 4s, they're just making you upgrade your iOS.

21. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

The announcement was that Siri only works on Iphone 4s according to the info on the live blog i read during the keynote.....what a bold move. like i said before, someone thinks their crap dont stink!

11. Fiveizzo unregistered

You are an I fanboy, that why u are here commenting on iPhone related issues!

10. creektrails

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The i nazis giveth and the i nazis taketh away. I would be burning mad if I were a i-fanboy.

16. Dude unregistered

Oh, a Nazi reference. Would be nice if you actually understood the references before they are made. Sad.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lmao at apple using old features on new phone. And even stealing jailbreak DEVs ideas... smh

8. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Welcome to Apple's walled garden. Kinda like the Garden of Eden, except the devil didn't rip the apple away from Eve's hand.

7. Moctis unregistered

This is an unfair move by Apple

6. ralphyd

Posts: 10; Member since: May 24, 2011

Was this app free on the app store? I can't imagine it was. They should at least allow people that already have the app to keep it and just not allow new downloads. I'm by no means an apple hater but this is ridiculous I mean are they so desperate for new features on their new phone that they have to take them away from older ones?

15. Dude unregistered

You might not imagine it, but it was a free app. So, since you are basing your comments on a false assumption there's really no need to go any further since the very beginning is already wrong.

5. Kaushik unregistered

So, how much did Apple pay the inventors of voice and the inventors of the concept of search as patent fee?

4. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

WTF....,apple wants siri nto be their USP...

3. Seraphim unregistered

Idiotic move by Apple.

2. costi unregistered

ha ha ha... i like how apple dictates what you can and can't use... iSheep's come on, downrank me!

18. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

This is such a classic example of how Apple operates. They can't just be honest with their customers or let their customers know they're able to do this already. Instead, they buy out Siri & restrict this feature to their new handset in a cash grab because they can't be innovative anymore. It makes me laugh when I think that the hallmark presentation of the iPhone 4S' demo was just an downloaded App. Most iSheep will never know that Apple is masquerading Siri as something new with their left hand... while their right hand is removing the App from the current handsets. Shameful!

19. Dude unregistered

Except what the app did is really not even close to what the Assistant does on the iPhone 4S. Let's quietly ignore that, right? iSheep...truly creative, speaks a lot about making a meaningful and powerful argument...oh, wait, it doesn't.

1. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

If I was a Siri user, I'd be a little angry by this attitude : better selling the new product not only with the adding of fonctionality but also with the withdrawal of a fonctionnality for previous product

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