Siri hack now fully working on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch [video]

Siri has now been fully hacked onto an iPhone 4 and iPod touch and it now communicates with Apple’s servers to provide a 100% working solution. We told you a few weeks back that developer Steve Troughton-Smith was working on hacking Siri onto an iPhone 4 but had run into one or two hurdles. Well the main hurdle involved getting the hacked iPhone 4 to talk to Apple’s servers. That has now been overcome and it is now looking like a real possibility.

Talking to 9to5Mac, Steve Troughton-Smith revealed that the hack works across devices but requires files from an iPhone 4S that are not legally available to distribute. It also requires a validation token from a live jailbroken iPhone 4S. The whole hack involves around 20 steps to complete. Because of this, Steve Troughton-Smith doesn’t want to be involved in distributing the Siri port and has only done it to prove it can be done.

We don’t know at this point if others will take on the distribution and risk the wrath of Apple’s legal team, we will have to wait and see. In the mean time take a look at the two videos below. The first one shows the iPhone 4 running Siri side by side with an iPhone 4S and the second video shows Siri running on an iPod touch.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Dmarks83 says:

Awesome! Kudos to that guy!

Dumberthandumb says:

I seriouslywish I had the brain power to do something like that. Lol

Mclars says:

Yeah, just because it's illegal and wrong. You do realize Siri is a service provided by Apple, not just some feature they locked on your phone? There goes the old "I only jailbreak so I can do what I want with the phone I paid for" argument. I have little sympathy for people who break the law and steal. lol

Araham says:

Member of the Apple Ethical Police Force?

Mclars says:

It is funny, and it will get even funnier. Both sides will be laughing, but not at the same time.

Icebox93 says:

What you don't get is that in a free market, in theory, demand should be met by producers. When that demand is artificially stifled by government or a monopolist, and Apple is a monopolist in this case, as it has property rights that give it a monopoly on Siri, then a black market will ALWAYS spring up to meet that demand. There's nothing right or wrong about this, it is human nature. It happens here, and it happens everywhere in controlled economies. Apple restricted Siri to the 4S, but for those who are locked in with a 4, it is reasonable to expect them to fork over $650+ for a new phone? Most don't do this.
Apple could set a cost for Siri use on older devices that most could afford. They choose not to, and as there is a demand, you will see people try to hack it to work on those devices. People have an innate sense of fairness and when the law or corporate policy goes against this, it breeds disrespect for the law or policy, which is dangerous for society as a whole. Sure, Apple has the right to act this way under the law, but even if the law says that people don't have the right to circumvent apple, perhaps it's the law that's wrong, not the people violating the law.

Icebox93 says:

What you don't get is that in a free market, in theory, demand should be met by producers. When that demand is artificially stifled by government or a monopolist, and Apple is a monopolist in this case, as it has property rights that give it a monopoly on Siri, then a black market will ALWAYS spring up to meet that demand. There's nothing right or wrong about this, it is human nature. It happens here, and it happens everywhere in controlled economies. Apple restricted Siri to the 4S, but for those who are locked in with a 4, it is reasonable to expect them to fork over $650+ for a new phone? Most don't do this.
Apple could set a cost for Siri use on older devices that most could afford. They choose not to, and as there is a demand, you will see people try to hack it to work on those devices. People have an innate sense of fairness and when the law or corporate policy goes against this, it breeds disrespect for the law or policy, which is dangerous for society as a whole. Sure, Apple has the right to act this way under the law, but even if the law says that people don't have the right to circumvent apple, perhaps it's the law that's wrong, not the people violating the law.

Mclars says:

Siri: "I'm sorry, but I'm shutting down your Apple account now and you will be contacted by our Legal department."

Bill Gates says:

How do u know his account? Anyways I think it's fucked that people will post these vids and won't share more information on how to do it!! Just say this is for educational purposes and not give links to all files. Oh but u guys are smart enough to know that right! Apptrakr has been up for years hosting free apps come on! I don't support piracy at all, and I truely mean that. I just hate more than anything how u guys will flash some stuff u have and be like ( weeks Maybe months) and then we have guys selling fake shit! Making money on it! Shity websites post the same shit for weeks, its just real bullshit that all this is just a tease!

Lui says:

I wonder if Apple servers can handle ALL iPhones using Siri because this proves the 4 could support it....awaiting full hack details.

Anton Frost says:

Siri- "I'm sorry Dave. I can't let you do that". LOL!!!! Well if a hacker can do it, then you know Apple can do it, so they aren't allowing Siri to keep them from selling iPhone 4S's

Victor says:

It would be great if Apple made Siri available as a paid upgrade for the iPhone 4. I'm sure they can calculate the value that Siri makes up in the 4S. I could then decide if it's a feature that I value enough to pay for.

Havok says:

And that's probably what will happen like the iPhone being available to more carriers. Siri will be available to more devices that can handle the software successfully for a small price. By then they can upgrade the server to handle more traffic and have less complaints when everyone holds down their home button.

Havok says:

Knowing Apple, they could limit Siri's Servers from allowing unrecognized devices. Maybe each generation of iDevices have similar codes that they can block. If you really wanted the Siri option, you should of saved the App or coughed up the money and upgraded. Siri is already trying to catch up and give every 4S user their needs and wants, we don't need millions of more devices crashing the service.

thunderkeys says:

As I recall, saving the old Siri app wouldn't have helped, they disabled the service so it doesn't work.

thunderkeys says:

As I recall, saving the old Siri app wouldn't have helped, they disabled the service so it doesn't work.

Ooooo says:

Twitter: chpwn
It's not that @stroughtonsmith and I don't want to share Siri or tell you how to do it; we just can't. (I also can't explain why, sadly!) :(
Apple Legal Department: "Why don't you have a seat over there..."

Ooooo says:

Twitter: chpwn
It's not that @stroughtonsmith and I don't want to share Siri or tell you how to do it; we just can't. (I also can't explain why, sadly!) :(
Apple Legal Department: "Why don't you have a seat over there..."

Justin Cirello says:

I think we all knew that Siri could be fully functional on the iPhone 4... Apple knows what they're doing; they are the best at marketing and they know how to get people to buy their products. Why would they let 4 users have Siri? Siri is the #1 feature Apple showed off to us when they unveiled the iPhone 4S. To be honest... How can we be mad at Apple for making a wise business decision?

Chris Franzen says:

it's the 4s's only selling point. that's sad.

Hhh says:

Yes but there's still buying it in millions apperantly

Chris Franzen says:

which shows the stupidity of humanity. Slap an S and a program that's been around for years and was copied in 8 hours, you're guaranteed millions.

Earl Bryan Isaac Montoya says:

its not just that, but the physical components of the iP4 wont meet siri's requirements, starting with the processor.

Rockdogz97 says:

hey IoanRadutrans. blah blah blah.. if you want SIRI buy a bloody 4s you rip off.. If you want to "pay for it" as you say.. then pay for it by buying a 4s..

Bill Gates says:

I have looked and looked and looked, if u find it email me @ ronzoweaver@yahoo.com

Rza124 says:

I thought you said you don't support piracy? Stick a cone up your arse and call the cops!

John Brown says:

SIRI for the Iphone 4 will come in about 3-5 months or as soon as the stores stop selling out of 4S's......They would lose a bunch of 4S's buyers if the 4 did SIRI>.....

Paul says:

In the end, I really don't see what the big deal is regarding Siri. In fact, I don't trust it. Mark my words; someone will eventually expose something dark and evil about it.

yoni45#CB says:

For everyone commenting here about doing it themselves, did no one notice this tidbit: "...It also requires a validation token from a live jailbroken iPhone 4S..."?
I don't have an iPhone personally, but from what I understand that means you'd need an iPhone 4S "token" to make this work, and to get one you'd need an... iPhone 4S?
I guess it's consistent with the possibility that more than one phone can use an iPhone 4S token (i.e. you get one from a friend, and you both use his token). But that'd be pretty use on Apple's part to shut down -- I'd imagine that if this works, it'll be pretty short-lived. Chances are, you'd need a 4S to make this work, at which point you may as well just get a 4S...

Larry Ganz says:

Apple should be ashamed for not offering this on the older iPhones, Touch and iPads. Just the extra memory and speed, and higher megapixels should be enough to distinguish the 4$ and make people want it, but it's not fair to withhold Siri as hostage to make people get a 4$.

Amar Shah says:

It's interesting how people originally claimed you can't have Siri on iPhone 4 since you needed the dual core processor, but it seems to work and the 4s was just a useless upgrade that I am glad I didn't pay for.