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The Lengthy Unlikely Process Of Getting Siri On iPhone 4

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely know what Siri is. This amazing communications technology is the prize jewel when it comes to the iPhone 4S, but what about those of us that are perfectly content with our iPhone 4? Why should we be left out on the latest in artificial intelligence? According to Apple, it’s because the processor in the iPhone 4 just can’t handle the demand of the app and connecting to Apple’s server for Siri communication. This sounds at least somewhat believable, at least until you realize that Steven Troughton-Smith and iPhone developer, Chpwn, have already successfully hacked Siri to run relatively smoothly on Apple’s iPhone 4. The biggest set back is that the microphone in iPhone 4 isn’t as sensitive as the 4s and you do have to raise your voice at Siri in order for it to respond, according to the hackers responsible.

Unfortunately, getting the iPhone 4 to play nice with the Apple Siri Servers isn’t exactly a two-step process; in fact in its current form it takes about 20 steps and requires access to a working jail-broken iPhone 4S. When it comes to hacks, though, the scene can change very quickly and so eventually this could be a much shorter process and require a lot less work to get done. So what can we do for now? At the moment we are limited and can merely play around with the app on our iPhone 4 (and Ipod Touch 4, too), but no connecting to the servers- which is where the magic happens.

Getting the app running on the iPhone 4 or Touch 4 requires Siri files from an 4S, OpenSSH and iFile, an SFTP client, and a Jailbroken iOS 5 operating system. Essentially you just need to extract the files, open the SFTP client and write down the following:

HOST: IP Address of your network from WIFI settings on your iPhone
PASSWORD: alpine

Next up, open the directory, { /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/  } and copy AssistantServices.framework, which should be located in the files extracted from the iPhone 4S.

Second up, copy all files from SpringBoard_Assistant_pics folder to:

Once done with all the copying, open iFile and open the same directory from the previous step. You’ll find a file named N90AP.plist for your iPhone or N81AP.plist for your Touch. Tap on that file, edit it and type:




Finally, reboot and you should have the Siri app on your iPhone/Touch. Keep in mind, however, that for now this is only the app and until Steven and Chpwn test the server hack a little bit you won’t get a true Siri experience on your phone- just a cool app to fiddle around with.

So in the end, is getting the GUI worth all that effort? If you are the hacker type and enjoy messing around with software, then yes. If not then I would probably wait around until a proven tutorial for communicating with Siri comes around. No matter what though, it seems clear that Apple’s claim that the iPhone 4 can’t handle Siri is, well, just a marketing strategy to sell more iPhone 4S devices after all. Of course don’t get too excited, as proven in previous Siri coverage, Apple is very good about shutting down hacks at every turn.


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