Developers have managed to crack the Siri security protocol, making it theoretically possible to install Siri on an iPhone 4 or an iPod touch; however, it’s not as clean of a process as one would have hoped.
The team from Applidium claims that Siri has been cracked, and should you want to install Siri on a device, you can use their tools to get it done. Slight catch though — you will need to have access to a unique device identifier key (UDID) for an iPhone 4S, making this nifty little hack somewhat pointless for the large majority of the iPhone 4 population.
According to Applidium:
[quote]The iPhone 4S sends identifiers everywhere. So if you want to use Siri on another device, you still need the identfier of at least one iPhone 4S. Of course we’re not publishing ours, but it’s very easy to retrieve one using the tools we’ve written. Of course Apple could blacklist an identifier, but as long as you’re keeping it for personal use, that should be allright![/quote]
To reiterate, you need an iPhone 4S or access to someone who is willing to give up their iPhone 4S UDID. Unless you’re living with someone, in love with someone, or even in lust with someone with an iPhone 4S, there’s a good chance this is all pointless for you. Not too many people are going to be willing to give you their iPhone 4S UDID.
Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not even really sure why I’m writing this at the moment. A lot of people have claimed to have Siri cracked and nearing a release for the general iPhone 4 wielding public, but all of those prognostications seem to have been in vain. No one has been able to come through with a hack that will simply put the iPhone 4S feature on any other device.
That being said, this particular security crack may not be around that much longer either. It’s probably only a matter of time until someone at Apple patches the security hole entirely, leaving everyone else out in the dark ages again. If you want Siri, at the present moment your course of action should be to buy an iPhone 4S. It’s just simpler that way.Follow @macgasm