Ever since Apple unveiled Siri last month, hackers have been hard at work trying to free the technology from the company’s iron grip. Like most things in iOS, the digital assistant’s abilities are limited in order to maintain security and stability on the platform.

But, as with jailbreaking, hackers have the power to loosen Apple’s grip, and they are. The folks over at Applidium have reached a major milestone with the iPhone 4S-exclusive feature. They’ve apparently cracked Siri’s security protocol…

Not only has the team reversed the protocol, but they’ve also posted the tools that they used to do it on their website. The tools can be used by developers to implement Siri in third-party applications — it’s what Aman Gupta used to create his custom commands.

Although this is certainly a major step toward Siri freedom, The Next Web points out a significant hurdle:

“The process does have a pretty big caveat though, as it requires the unique identifier of an iPhone 4S to use as a calling card. This could give Apple the ability to block any ID that was used in this manner, although it shouldn’t stop developers from using it for their personal use. Doubtless Apple can track Siri interaction down to a UID if it tried, and if a ton more inquiries were made using one UID, from different IP addresses, it’s conceivable it could be flagged and blacklisted.”

It’ll be interesting to see what developers do with this information, and how Apple responds to it. This could lead Apple to extend Siri’s capabilities to third-party developers, the way hackers influenced the company to create the App Store. Who knows, there could even be a Siri app for Android (theoretically).

In reality, the odds of Siri coming to any device that’s not an iPhone 4S are still very, very slim.

  • alex woods

    1st ? 😛

  • Anonymous

    Just get a iPhone 4S for cryin out loud!!!!!

    • not everyone would want to spend another shit load for a few extra features

    • James Haycock

      Just end your life for cryin out loud.

      • Anonymous

        U late…learn to be on time idiot!!! Lol

  • Anonymous

    JUST GET A IPHONE 4S FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD!!!! GEESH

    • Anonymous

      Money doesn’t grow on trees, rich kid. Some of us look for more economic alternatives, which don’t necesarily involve piracy.

      • Anonymous

        Being rich(which I’m far from) has nothin to do with it A-HOLE

      • Do you really think people would be trying this hard if they could simply go out and get an iPhone 4S?

      • Do you really think people would be trying this hard if they could simply go out and get an iPhone 4S?

      • Dont be such an A-HOLE, arsehole.

    • disqusted

      Sure, let me just terminate my current 2 year contract that I entered into less than a year ago, which will cost me several hundreds of dollars in itself, then enter into a new one, dropping another $200-300 bucks for the phone. Or, I could forget all of that and just pay for the phone itself, without a contract for what… $600?

      Enlighten us, please… how does the whole “just get a [sic] iphone 4s…” have nothing to do with money? Do they just accept an even trade or something I’m not aware of? Here’s my iPhone 4, and I’lll take that nice new 4S from you there… alright — I appreciate the help! See you suckers later, haha! *runs out of the store with the shiny new 4S*

      For me to get ahold of my iPhone 4, I was required to enter into a 2 year service agreement to lower the cost of the bare phone from ~$600-700 to $200 I believe it was? Maybe $300? It’s the 32GB one.

      • Anonymous

        The point is Mr. Smart Guy, simply buy the iPhone that comes with siri, or shut your face…lol….s/n plz spare me the long winded responses. Lol

      • Did you not read his post? He CAN’T buy it. He’s on a CONTRACT. And it would cost a lot of MONEY to cancel the contract and get a new one

      • Anonymous

        Don’t start a debate if you know in advance that you wont be able to win it, kid. Go ask your DADDY how much HE paid for it.

      • disqusted

        Thanks for the backup there Alex and maurid… I only regret that I didn’t subscribe to this thread so that I might have been able to read the reply that was removed before I got to read it. Anyone see it and have a summary? Haha… I’m a glutton for punishment. Though, not the same punishment that the ehem… offending party is likely on right now. No iPhone 4S for a week after moderators contacted his parents. Word is that they also downgraded his firmware to a Siri-less version. In a way, I feel bad; that will likely be the last conversation he will have with a female for quite a while, I sense. Ok, so I’m probably 2x+ his age, and I’m now hitting the same level, but I have to go in for the easy jokes. No harm, I’m sure my words don’t even reach him, as he is likely in a lot of pain as a result of his first love… lost. That’s part of life, though. We all have to face it, usually most of us with a real human being, but to each his own. Maybe the difficult lesson learned with be that “just go get a iphone 4s!!!11!!!” isn’t the same process to an adult who works hard for their money (and watches it disappear in a fraction of the time it took to make it)! There’s no more daddy my iPhone 4 is a POS, it’s almost a year old now!

      • Anonymous

        Lmao!! R u talkin about me?? U guys r so weak minded, it’s not that serious, and for the record um not a kid, lol…the best part is seeing u guys flip out over nothing…sorry I have life and can’t comment on time like the rest of u…continue….wow, it’s just a phone

  • All this means is the i4s might and more than lightly will get some cool jailbreak tweaks..

  • @yonafoe – The only selling point the iPhone 4S has is SIRI. I’m def. not shelling out $500-600 for that and the dual core processor. As I am still under contract – I will gladly wait for the SIRI port and upgrade to the iPhone 5.

    • rdqronos

      The Siri port, is, well, illegal, as they’d be redistributing Apple’s proprietary code.
      🙂

      • There was a small caveat to that. Apparently, a certain A5 exploit could enable a piracy-free Siri port. Also, the Siri UI could be hooked up to any backend.

      • Joshua McClure

        Well I think that is why such the delay. Yes they have got Siri fully functional on iphone 4 and 3GS. The only reason the port is not public is because they have not figured out how to get around the legal stuff. Apparently the only way the Siri files are not illegally on an older device is if the Siri files came from an iPhon 4S that you own yourself and put on another older device that you also own. there lies the problem.

    • Anonymous

      @kevin…neither am I, my upgrade came just in time for it

  • This whole thing about Siri’s security protocol makes me realize something: Apple could change the protocol in an iOS update, and bar any device using the old security protocol (i.e. an old version of iOS) from connecting to the Siri servers.
    By selling a device whose main selling point tethers it to Apple’s servers, they’ve gained a strong advantage over jailbreakers and hackers.

  • Anonymous

    Guys, forget about Siri in a device DIFFERENT to an iPhone 4S and/or any new iPhone from Apple. If you think different, you are just dreaming and/or jerking off about it.

    • It’s already been accomplished several times….. it’s no dream.

      • Anonymous

        Yes; you are right but privately and as an experiment, but no for the general public. If you think that you might have Siri outside an iPone 4S you are DREAMING!

      • I have Siri one my 3GS. Yes, it’s not connected, but that’s actually the only hurdle. Siri tries to send my voice to Apple but fails. I have Siri, but no 4S, and I’m pretty sure that I’m not dreaming right now.

      • I have Siri running on my iPhone4 now WITH server connectivity and a friend of mine has it running on his 4G iPod Touch and I DONT have a 4S, so again, you are wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I might be wrong, but you are a LIAR!. You can not connect to the Apple servers if you don’t have an UID; and I am sure you got it from the iPhone 4S that you bought on Nov. 17 and your friend did the same thing with another UID. Anyone who thinks that he can have a hacked iPhone and connect to the servers without an UID is DREAMING! IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! and please get a LIFE LIAR!

      • Anonymous

        Get a LIFE!. You are a LIAR and a MORON! You have Siri working in your iPhone 4 with the UID from your iPhone 4S and doing this is MORONIC and STUPID!!!!!

  • Joshua McClure

    I think im just fine with my iPhone 4. Siri is awesome and everything but im not down for buying something that an initial jailbreak is not readily available for. Plus I heard the battery is really bad. That alone has steered me far far away from even considering the 4S,…………No matter what new feature it has. The iPhone 4 battery sucks, and the 4S sucks even worse. I cant believe someone would buy this phone after that announcement.lol Plus I think Siri will be ported to iphone 4 eventually. Even if it is a year from now. I can wait. Siri is cool…………………………But not that cool……….No new feature is worth having a fast draining battery………………..Absolutely no feature. My opinion any way. Some of you may not care if the battery sucks, but I do. But trust when I say that Apple has put out so many upsates claiming to fix battery, but it never has. Maybe slightly, but not that much. After 4.2.1 it started sucking real bad, by 4.3.3 it got a lil better but still horrible. And its gonna be the same thing with the 4S, except probably worse.

    • It’s not the pysical battery, but the software that causes the battery issues.

      • Anonymous

        Only hurdle? Well, let me tell you that without the signature from a 4S you’ll never be able to connect to the Apple server, unless you infringe a copyright; and yes you are not dreaming, you are looking at a mirage thinking that you’ll be able to have Siri working on your phone because you have a hacked app. Pal, stop dreaming!!!

      • That’s what I’m talking about. Without the signature, Siri won’t be able to send information to Apple, and I’m not breaking any copyright’s by connecting to Apple’s server. I would be infringing copyright if I distributed the files. I mean, if taking the file for private use was illegal, then @stroughtonsmith, @chpwn and @rpetrich would all be in court right now. They aren’t, though.

        Out of topic: this Disqus thing either really likes to annoy me or it’s just buggy. 😛

  • Anonymous

    Jus buy the 4S….lol

    • Anonymous

      Just grow up….lol

      • Anonymous

        You guys take this cell phone thing waaaaaay too serious..lol(I used Siri to post this)

      • Anonymous

        Not only, you didn’t use it, but we also don’t really care. Plus, I’d much rather have a life, than use Siri and expect it to make friends for you, in the way that you do. Run and tell daddy, kiddo. Maybe he’ll buy you another 4S you you don’t feel sad and lonely 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Lol, I think I hit a nerve..u obviously want Siri or u wouldn’t be having this convo….calm down maurid, lol….and Alex um glad u took the time out your busy schedule to look up my pic…r u and Maurid dating?? Lol

      • Anonymous

        “Dating”… Now THAT’S something you’re pretty far from.

  • Like Voice Control, can’t iPhone or iPod Touch just have siri based on voice control’s voice or information?

  • Now that the iPhone 4S has a better antenna, I’m kissing my iPhone 4’s death grip goodbye.

  • You’re the only moron. I have SIRI working perfect on my iPhone4. Just because you don’t know enough to do it yourself doesn’t mean it’s not possible.