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Apple not bringing voice recognition Siri to older iPhones

Cupertino based computer and software makers Apple has been in contact with an application developer, confirming for the very first time that the personal assistant application Siri will not be coming to older iOS based devices.

This news was published in a blog post on MSComputerVideos founder Michael Steeber's Tumblr site, from a developer who contacted Apple with a bug report and suggesting an optional build of the Apple mobile operating system with Siri included.

The coder offered the proposition, in an email that reads: Bug Title: Special Siri Build of iOS: iPhone 4 Users and iPod touch 4th generation users pay a fee of 19.99 to upgrade to a ‘special’ build of iOS 5.0.1 with Siri Final in it, (To avoid hackers hacking Siri onto non 4S devices illegally) **Many iPhone 4 Users and iPod touch 4th generation Users will pay for this special iOS build (5.0.1) which will enable Siri for a fee of $19.99 US dollars'

To which Apple responded with - 'Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue: Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices'.

This is the first public statement published by Apple on the issue, despite non-Apple developers creating a working version of Siri on the iPhone 4 - which One Mobile Ring reported on here.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.