Recently, Apple officials declared that the company has no intention of releasing Siri, the voice activated assistant for older devices, Slashgear reports (opens in new tab).
A suggestion made to Apple by a developer, that a paid-for build of iOS with Siri included be offered to iPhone 4S and 4th gen iPod Touch users, met with the following categorical refusal: "Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices."
The situation follows hackers' somewhat successful efforts to port Siri on iPhone 4 and even iPhone 3GS. After jailbreaking an iPhone 4S to obtain some vital files, Siri was made to operate on older phones.
However, the hardware was found to be not fully up to the task. iPhone 4S has a high fidelity microphone that allows voice recognition technology to function properly. On the older iPhones, the user needed to speak up and sometimes (especially with the 3GS) there was no response at all.
However, the Siri user interface shown in demos posted online, seemed to indicate that the program is functional. The tweaking of Siri is rather tricky and Apple pointed out that hacking Siri is not legal.
Developers understand the challenge of the whole situation. Some suggest that for Apple it would not be good business to allow communication of the successful porting of the hottest feature of the 4S on iPhones the company has just made cheaper.