For all of you out there desperately waiting for Siri to make the jump from its native iPhone 4s and onto other devices your wait might finally be over.
While there have been countless reports that Siri had made its way on to other jailbroken devices developers Steven Troughton-Smith, Chwpn and Ryan Petrich have finally went public with an all new Siri port named Spire.
According to Chwpn’s blog the Siri port works by mirroring the functionality on the iPhone 4s and will work on devices such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G although it has been noted that Siri does not work that well on the iPod due to a poor quality microphone on the device.
The new Siri port, Spire, is now available on Cydia as a free app to download but since it weighs in at around 100mb it is recommended that you connect to your Wi-Fi before trying to download it.
Over the past few months we have seen several Siri ports come and go. Many of these ports have ran into problems as until now Siri has required files from a working iPhone 4S in order to communicate with the Apple servers. This has created many concerns and worries about copyright since the only way to acquire these files was to pirate them from the 4S.
Spire is said to communicate with the Apple servers in a completely new way which does not require any copyrighted files to be duplicated or distributed illegally.
The main problem with Spire is that it still needs to gain authorisation with the Apple severs and an iPhone 4S. Chwpn explained these issues:-
“However, Spire is not a complete solution. Apple still requires authorization to use Siri, so information from an iPhone 4S is still required. To insert this information, Spire allows you to enter your own proxy server address. By using this (ancient) SiriProxy fork, you can setup a proxy using your own iPhone 4S to insert the needed information reasonably easily. Other solutions for proxying Siri will be listed here as they are developed – perhaps that sort of proxy might be included in the main SiriProxy repository.”
Steven Troughton-Smith has said “Until the iPhone 4S is jailbroken, this is the best Siri port. When the iPhone 4S is jailbroken, then we can avoid the proxy server issues.
So, if you are eagerly awaiting having Siri on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G then Spire definitely seems to be the answer, so far, to all of your prayers as it is the first and only Siri port to get the seal of approval stamp from these top developers.
You can download the Spire app for free from the Cydia store now. Don’t forget that it is around 100mb so you will probably need to be connected to Wi-Fi.
Spire will run on any jailbroken iOS 5 device although the older the device the more difficulty the hardware may have in running any Siri port smoothly.
We will keep you up to date with any future news on this as and when we hear it.
For more hints, tips, news and all things technology and geek related please follow us on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to our feed.