Siri on the iPhone 4: making progress on a compatible version
October 17th, 2011 - 10:11 am ET by C. D.
The Siri voice commands system is only officially available on the iPhone 4S, although an unofficial adaptation to the iPhone 4 is underway.
One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 4S is its Siri voice commands/recognition system which brings with it new interaction modes on iOS. Voice recognition passes by remote servers which are responsible for processing the resource intensive requests before passing them back to the user’s phone.
The Siri system is only available on the iPhone 4S, leaving the previous release incompatible. While the iPhone 4 comes with a single core processor and les powerful graphics processor, it nevertheless seems capable of being able to support the Siri specific interface.
Since the announcement of the iPhone 4S, developers have tried to port the Siri system to the iPhone 4, with a certain degree of success. Initial attempts are making progress, with the Siri interface now no longer showing any slowness on the iPhone 4 Smartphone.
There is still a rather large problem though: the connection to remote servers, which are used to transcribe a user’s words or text, with this only being active on the iPhone 4S. A way of passing the iPhone 4 off as an iPhone 4s therefore needs to be found, creating just a few more similarities between the two models.