Apple: We Currently Have No Plans To Bring Siri To Older iOS Devices

Apple: We Currently Have No Plans To Bring Siri To Older iOS Devices

Siri is undoubtedly one of the biggest selling points for Apple’s new iPhone 4S, so it’s understandable every iOS user wants to see it on their older devices. But despite a report that claimed the Cupertino company is working on Siri for the iPhone 4, it has confirmed it currently has no plans to bring Siri to older devices.

In an email to Cult of Mac’s Michael Steeber, who contacted Apple to question Siri’s expansion, the company crushed dreams of the digital assistant’s introduction to anything other than the iPhone 4S:

Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue:
Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices.

Apple: We Currently Have No Plans To Bring Siri To Older iOS Devices

However, even after speculation surrounding Siri on the iPhone 4, this is the kind of response from Apple we were expecting. I mean, Siri, along with Apple’s dual-core A5 processor and a new 8-megapixel camera, is one of just three reasons to buy an iPhone 4S right now; Apple wouldn’t take one of those away with promises of Siri on older devices and damage sales of its fifth-generation iPhone.

Despite having no plans “currently,” then, let’s not rule out Siri on older devices altogether. We already know — thanks to hacks — that devices as old as the iPhone 3GS can handle the feature, so there’s no reason not to believe other iOS devices, in particular the iPad, won’t get it at some point in the future.

  • Chris

    Well, what else should they say? They can’t say ‘yes, get excited, there’s something coming’… and as you said, he should said ‘currently’. Btw, ‘devbugs’ doesn’t sound like they’re the people closest to Apple’s plans for the future…

  • gareth edwards

    the one thing that bugs me about technology is the speed of obsolescence, it appears to be accelerating as technology makes bigger leaps.

    I know you need to have new things to drive innovation (and profit) and off the back of that we get all sorts of general improvements, but it does highlight how much we consume, how rampant our appetite has become.

  • Timothy Gregoire

    i dont care what they say. its insane that i have an ipod touch 4g, supposed to be the newest one out there, and i cant get the new features. either update the device or support siri apple. SERIOUSLY.

  • Bob

    It won’t come to the older devices. Remember the 3GS release? One of the features items it had was the ability to do video. The 3G didn’t get that functionally even though it was proven it could take video.

  • Jay

    okay fine no siri but can we at least get dictation for our search and messaging apps..

  • aga

    Only really works in USA. Because no servers elsewhere, Siri is a croc of sh*t any where else in the world.

    Keep your iPhone4S Apple, I will not be upgrading from my iPhone4!

  • Sasabicer

    What about Siri to the desktop? Lion? Let’s make the iOS/OSX transitions seamless.

  • Connor Mulcahey

    well yea its a different camera, but what the 3g should have gotten was the ability to set a wallpaper for the home screen 

  • Kendall Tawes

    The Camera on the 3G couldn’t reliably get SD at 30 FPS or even 15 FPS. Apple didn’t want people to think they were willing to release a half-assed camera. The 3G probably should have gotten desktop backgrounds but it was already struggling with memory issues in iOS 4 due to its low 128 MB of RAM. When I jailbroke my original iPhone with iOS 2 I put desktop backgrounds on it and the screen redraws of the icons suffered. The 3G used the same processor and RAM and would have likely suffered even more with iOS 4.

  • Kendall Tawes

    This has been happening for decades. The first Mac was unable to run anything past System 3.2 only 2 years after its introduction. The PowerBook 190cs could not run Mac OS 8.5 even though it came out in late ’95. It couldn’t run the current Mac OS only 2 years after its end of production. The newest Mac that can’t run Lion is over 4 years old. The iPhone is actually supported much longer than the industry average. The original iPhone was supported for 3 years and for a cellphone that is incredible.

  • gareth edwards

    I agree, it is amazing. I just think that as ‘devices’ become ever more present in daily life (kids now have mountains of hardware at hand) it just illustrates how much we as a society consume. There’s never been more computers and as such we have never had so much obsolesce. The pile is growing.

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