A couple of weeks ago we saw how hacker Steven Troughton-Smith had successfully ported the iPhone 4S' Siri personal assistant over to the older iPhone 4. Problem was, it couldn't fool Apple's servers into coughing up any of their informational goodies. Now Troughton-Smith has completed the job, making Siri fully functional on the older device.
The New York Times wrote today that an Apple TV set is definitely coming in the next couple of years, and it'll have a super-simple interface that uses Siri to let you control it by simply speaking.
The iPhone 4S's voice-activated assistant, Siri, works great from up close, but what about from across the room? That's where IRIS 9000 comes in, HAL's primitive cousin.
For the last few weeks, we've been babbling about Siri and its intelligent and humorous responses, but many (including you guys) have stated that voice control is nothing new and that Google had it first, which is true. So what does Android's creator think? He think's talking to your phone is totally lame.
Like the prize inside a Crackerjacks or kids' cereal box, Siri, Apple's voice-controlled digital assistant, is the raison d'être for buying an iPhone 4S, especially if you already own a 4. A cult of personality has already arisen around Siri. Numerous bloggers have cited her snappy answers to stupid questions, such as "What are you wearing?" "Where can I hide a body?" "Open the pod bay doors," "Will you marry me?" "What are you wearing?" etc. But I hope you aren't thinking of buying an 4S just to get a really fancy Magic 8 Ball. Siri does a lot more than wittily answer esoteric questions. She could represent the first true user interface paradigm shift since the iPhone and its capacitive touchscreen, and perhaps since the Mac and the Graphical User Interface 27 years ago. And like any paradigm shift, Siri will change how you behave, and introduce a whole new set of social rules of engagement.
Why does the iPhone 4S get to have all the fun with Siri? Progress is already being made in porting the personal assistant over to the less powerful iPhone 4.
Some iPhone 4S reviewers with early access are doing what anyone surely will once they fire up Siri: ask Apple's hotly anticipated personal assistant a lot of weird things. And rather than replying with a generic error, Siri can come back with a lot of equally weird and clever responses.
The iPhone 4S doesn't come out for another few days, but it looks like someone in China already has one, and they were nice enough to make a video showing off a couple of things on the new phone.
Siri, Apple's awesome voice assistant is more than enough reason to go out and buy an iPhone 4S (if you can get one). With hints that the Apple TV will get a hardware update — and that fast dual-core A5 processor, it's possible Siri might make the little black box less of a "hobby" and put the "smart" back in Smart TV.
Apple's new Siri functionality is based on an app that's been available for some time called Siri Assistant. If you have that app, enjoy it while it lasts, as it's shutting down on the 15th.