siri stories

 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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