With iOS 6 came hundreds of new features, but one of the most anticipated must have been the updated version of Siri. Faster, smoother and with more knowledge, of more things, in more countries, Siri on iOS 6 has been a major improvement and has shown a glimmer of how helpful these virtual assistants can actually be.
Asking him where the nearest restaurant is, what time a film is showing or even having philosophical a discussion are all in Siri’s remit and have certainly added an extra something to the iPhone that was lacking when Siri made its debut.
Unfortunately, however, Siri remains limited to iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3 and 5th generation iPod Touch, leaving the older devices bereft of the helpful AI assistant. Why Apple didn’t include Siri on these older devices remains a mystery to many, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, because if you have a jailbroken iPhone 4 or iPod 4th generation running iOS 6 you can now download, install and run Siri on your device.
Read on for a step by step guide on how to do this.
First thing’s first; requirements. As stated above this will only work on a jailbroken iPhone 4 or iPod 4th generation. If you have not jailbroken your device, but are desperate to get Siri on your phone, then please do so and then come back and continue with this process. Here is the iOS 6 Jailbreak Tutorial . Downloading and running this software is undertaken at the users own risk and it is highly recommended that, in the unlikely event of something going wrong, a complete backup is performed prior to starting. The current jailbreak for iOS is tethered so please bear this in mind when rebooting the iPhone during the installation as the iPhone must be restarted in jailbreak state using Redsn0w.
Steps to Install SIRI on iPhone 4 – iPod Touch 4 :
- The first step is to open Cydia and go to the menu that lets you add a new repository : Manage > Sources > Edit > Add. Here you will be able to get access to the ports needed for the Siri installation. Into the pop up box type : repo.siriport.ru
- The repository will reload it’s data and you can then search for: SiriPort (original) iOS 6. This can then be downloaded as normal
- The package will install and require a restart. Once it has completed this head over to the Settings app and find SiriPort.ru Original. Select this option and then tap Install Certificate. This is a verification certificate that will allow your device to communicate with Siri’s server
- This is all you need to do. Siri will now be successfully installed on your device, although it may take a while until Siri starts talking back to you but keep asking questions and using him until he responds
Using Siri this way will never be the same as using it pre-installed on a device, but it is certainly better than going without and is a good workaround for people who do not own one of the compatible devices.
Also See : SIRI Themes