Apple: No Siri for old iPhone owners. Well, not from us
What, don't you have £499? Well, boo hoo
Siri will not be rolled out to the owners of older iPhone models a blogger has claimed.
The wonders and joys of the talkie virtual assistant software will only be available to those who shell out £499 for the newest model of the iPhone according to emails received from Apple engineers and posted on the blog of Michael Steeber.
A developer passed Steeber over an email exchange he'd had with Apple after suggesting that Apple include Siri as a paid upgrade option for owners of older models. Apple responded to the idea in typically terse style:
"Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices."
Older handsets are perfectly capable of running the software, a version has been demoed on a jailbroken iPhone 4 and the Siri app used to run on the iPhone 3Gs before it was pulled off the iTunes store when the start-up was bought out by Apple.
So if you want that burbling web-powered assistant, go out and buy the new phone or get jail-breaking. ®
I'm not a fanboi but normally I don't have any problem with companies expecting you to upgrade to the new model. But claiming Siri is PART OF the 4S when it's actually part of the OS, and deliberately turning it off on older hardware, is massively cynical.
The general public don't realise this of course, but if it does become public knowledge - and it's non-technical enough it could well do - some sort of uproar seems possible. The public like paying for shiny new handsets, but not being duped when the old one is perfectly fine to begin with.
Question for Metavisor:
Do you get iTunes credit or something for being such a dedicated and unfaltering Apple-apologist?
A hardware reason emerged yesterday from the iFixit folks
the 4S has a different IR proximity sensor which is active all the time when the screen is active to support the feature whereby Siri is activated by raising the phone near your face