Thanks to chpwn and Steve Stroughton-Smith, Ryan Petrich has successfully shown off a proof-of-concept Siri port on iPhone 3GS. It doesn't work as well as the iPhone 4 port, mind you, but that's easily overshadowed by the sheer coolness factor.
No word on how or when, if ever, this will come to an iPhone 3GS near you. Whether due to beta-status, server load, Nuance licensing restrictions, or simple product differentiation, Apple has chosen to keep Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S
The iPhone 3GS is still selling in huge numbers according to President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, Ralph de la Vega. Speaking on a conference call for analysts, he discussed the impact of the recent price reductions on the iPhone 4 8GB model and more importantly the now free iPhone 3GS.
The iPhone Dev-Team has gone ahead and updated UltraSn0w as planned with full support for unlocking your iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4 under iOS 5.
UltraSn0w 1.2.4 is available in Cydia now and supports iPhone 3G and 3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, 05.13.04, and 06.15.00. Remember, If you're trying to unlock your iPhone 4, the only baseband currently supported by UltraSn0w is 01.59.00.
iPhone Dev-Team member MuscleNerd has gone on the record stating a port of Siri to other iOS devices outside of the new iPhone 4S will require piracy, and likely won't ever see the light of day as a consequence.
Anyone hoping for a "port" of Siri from iPhone4S: pending a very low-level A5 exploit, it likely can't be done without piracy
New tests conducted over at AnandTech reveal that Apple has chosen to underclock the A5 system-on-a-chip nestled inside the iPhone 4S to ~800MHz, just slightly slower than the iPad 2's 1GHz, but still far better than the iPhone 4's A4 SoC -- by margins as high as 73%.
Maybe you've decided to get an iPhone but you're still not entirely sold on the $199+ iPhone 4S. Maybe the $99 iPhone 4 or free-on-contract iPhone 3GS seem like cheaper options? Fair enough. That's why Apple currently has 3 iPhone models on the market, with 3 different levels of specs, and at 3 price points.
Over the lifetime of a contract, you'll be paying a couple thousand dollars, so it's important to run the math on this and see what suits you best. Let's do that now.
Jailbreaker iH8tsn0w has announced the availability of sn0wbreeze 2.8b1 which will jailbreak iOS 5 beta 1 for the following devices:
iPhone 4 (AT&T/GSM)
iPhone 4 (Verizon)
iPod Touch 4
iPod Touch 3
iPad 2, of course, is not yet supported. Also important to note, this is a tethered Jailbreak and is for developers only, it will not hacktivate or otherwise circumvent UDID checks. So if you haven't given Apple your $99, you need not apply.
So when exactly will you get iOS 5 on your device? That's easy -- it'll be available this coming fall with a developer seed arriving today. And what devices will be capable of running iOS? That's another easy one as well. It'll support all the same devices as last time. For those of you who might not remember what they were last time:
iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen)
No surprises there, everything is as was expected for iOS 5 releases. Now all we have to do is wait it out until fall rolls around.