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Apple performing Siri tests on older iOS devices

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Siri on iPhone 4

Apple’s Siri voice activated personal assistant is currently exclusive to the iPhone 4S. Many owners of older iDevices devices were angered by this, but it should only be a matter of time before all iPhone 4 owners get a taste of Siri as well. According to rumors from Jailbreaknation, Apple is currently doing tests on Siri to run on older devices such as the iPhone 4.

From Jailbreaknation:

Apple is testing Siri on devices other than the iPhone 4S. The device specifically mentioned to us was the iPhone 4, but we can most likely assume that other devices are being tested as well. Apple has given employees access to a special software version that incorporates Siri’s features on to older devices.

Currently Apple has been restoring employees to stock software, not wanting them to use it in the public where it might be seen. This means that we will potentially see a software update that allows Siri to run on older devices.

Now, this looks like Siri could be on its final stages of beta testing and could soon be released as a software upgrade, or it could be that Apple is simply researching Siri’s efficiency and never intends to release an iPhone 4 version.

The jail-breaking community proved there are no visible limitations for having Siri on the iPhone 4, and that even older hardware could handle Siri’s tasks without any sluggish phone performance. We can only assume Apple will find a way to make Siri available on older devices sometime in the near future. We should keep in mind that Apple currently considers Siri a beta product.

Given the fact that these are just rumors, it’s not clear when Apple will removing the beta label on the service and release it to the public. In the meantime, please take this rumor with a pinch of salt.

Via [Jailbreaknation]

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