Jailbreak Developers Release Free And Legal Siri Port In Cydia

Jailbreak Developers Release Free And Legal Siri Port In Cydia

Known developers Grant Paul (a.k.a ‘chpwn’) and Ryan Petrich have released a working Siri port for older, jailbroken iOS devices in Cydia. “Spire” will install Siri on older-generation iOS devices, including the original iPad.

Spire downloads Siri directly from Apple’s servers. The only catch is that you will need access to an iPhone 4S and your own proxy to get the port up and running.

Grant Paul broke the news on his personal blog moments ago:

Spire is my (along with Ryan Petrich) new tool for installing Siri on previously unsupported, but jailbroken, devices. Spire is a small download, but while installing it will download Siri itself (directly from Apple). Spire is available in Cydia right now — go get it! This will use about 100 MB of data, so please connect to Wi-Fi before installing.

Not only is Spire legal, but it’s available for free. Older-generation iOS devices will still need an iPhone 4S authentication key to enter into Spire’s proxy server address field. Using Pete Lamonica‘s SiriProxy (the same brain behind the Siri-powered car remote, TV remote, etc. demos), Spire will allow Siri to function in its full capacity on non-4S hardware.

Creating your own SiriProxy is relatively straightforward (and yet a little tedious) to setup. A step-by-step tutorial to installing your own SiriProxy can be found here. You will need a SiriProxy set up for Spire to work on jailbroken iOS devices.

Grant Paul says that Spire circumvents the copyright issues that have kept a Siri port withheld from the general public:

Spire uses a new method to obtain the files necessary for Siri, so it doesn’t have the copyright issues encountered by previous attempts. Similarly, rather than directing all traffic through a specific proxy server (and the associated privacy issues), Spire allows you to specify your own proxy server.

Video of Siri running on older-generation hardware surfaced a couple of months ago, and Steven Troughton-Smith provided the backbone for Spire. Grant Paul and Ryan Petrich continued to work on the port and get it ready for release. Troughton-Smith tells 9to5Mac that, “Until the iPhone 4S is jailbroken, this is the best Siri port. When the iPhone 4S is jailbroken, then we can avoid the proxy server issues.”

Users with jailbroken iOS devices can search for Spire in Cydia and install it now. Spire will run on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, first-gen iPad, and 3rd and 4th-gen iPod touch. Let us know how it goes for you in the comments!

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  • JaimeMicha

    great now, where is my untethered jailbreak?

  • Jack McClauren

    It’d be great if someone explained how to setup the siri proxy. I don’t understand a single thing from that website.

  • Tim

    Free yes. Legal, Oh hell no.

  • kkestler

    Agreed.  A plain English version would be very helpful.

  • Arron Hunt

    Spire doesn’t work on 5.0.1 :’( sad face x10

  • SevanGrim

    … i guess it is TECHNICALLY legal as long as you have your own 4s. i mean, its pretty much jailbreaking and modding if your not stealing a 4s key. But i bet theres some twisty wording that makes this copying official Apple software.
     This will only be legal until Apples legal team rewrites the universal code again.

  • JacobStrom

    I’m currently on 5.0.1 and have it running. Have you gone into settings>general>siri and activating it? Keep in mind you still have to have that proxy server.

  • Zulvianes Budiman

    Need a better tutorial indeed on that link site. I don’t understand where I have to put that strings of code.

  • Hardik Agarwal

    Thanks man! was trying to figure out how to do this since an hour! its not mentioned anywhere!

  • joey nash

    working? I got a server but it doesn’t quite work. it just kind of freezes…

  • Srik Av

    Here’s a tutorial on how to install Siri on iPhone 4 and other older iDevices http://t.co/5Sh5YdLX

  • Jack McClauren

    Here’s your untethered jailbreak my friend: http://iphoneros.com/19546/jai

  • Daniel Gruber

    whats the servers adress?

  • Columbus

    How is this legal? It’s *not* legal to access a computer system – even if it is unsecured – without permission. If the port accesses the Siri servers without Apple’s permission (and I doubt they’ve signed on), you’re violating at least two Federal laws (accessing the computer and using a hacking tool to do so.)

  • prof_peabody

    It’s not legal at all.  Just because the guy says it is doesn’t make it true.  

    The logic is simple and crystal clear:

    - using Siri services on unsupported hardware is denied by Apple. 
    - you have to jailbreak to use this hack
    - jail breaking for illegal reasons is still illegal
    - using someone’s online services when they don’t want you to is theft.

    Therefore you are most definitely breaking the law by doing this.  Whether or not Apple cares or will do anything about it is another question.  The question of whether they want you to do it though and whether it’s legal to do it has a clear answer.  

    100% illegal.  Technically, in the USA, this is a federal crime in fact.  

  • Srik Av

    Found this guide on how to install Siri on iPhone 4 and other older iDevices useful. Hope it helps you folks.. http://t.co/5Sh5YdLX

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    After he told me the best method to get a free iPad 2, it always helps me with all sorts of questions I have. This is his job and I appreciate very much his website free-us-ipad.com
    I hope that he will help you with your all questions. It is an amazing man. All my family got free ipads 2 + white smartcover. It’s a user proof category there if you don`t believe me. This man is my idol

  • aegides

    well its no good without any 4s keys, no good for ppl who don’t own 4s

  • recyclops117

    IOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak is already out i just jailbroke my old 3GS. It doest work on iPad 2 or iPhone 4S.

  • iDaBoss

    It might be illegal to access the servers through unsupported hardware….. is what you were trying to say.

  • jakewilliamsmith
  • WINDOWSMUSBEDIE

    Actually, its only 50% illegal here in the States.  If you think about it, jailbreaking and downloading tweaks is legal, so with your 4 points being 25% each, its 50% legal and 50% illegal.

  • WINDOWSMUSBEDIE

    How do I get the keys from my friends iPhone 4S?

  • Jason

    Its just funny that us 3GS and 4 users can use Siri which they said the hardware would not support it, sounds like Apple just trying to make us get new phones when the phones we have still work just fine

  • aegides

    google it i saw great tutorials out there. i am not sure if i can leave links in the comments

  • Flora Danes

    Siri On iPhone, iPad or Android-No Jailbreak Required !
    http://www.siricrazy.com/

  • Siri Crazy

    Siri On iPhone, iPad or Android-No Jailbreak Required ! siricrazy . com

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