Will Apple Open Up Siri for Other iOS Devices?

By , Jan 11, 2012

A few days ago, evidence surfaced in the latest iOS 5.1 developer beta that Apple could be bringing Siri to the iPad in the near future. The idea sparked some controversy, as a lot of folks don’t see a use for the digital assistant on a tablet.

But what if there’s more to it than that? Cult of Mac has discovered that the Dictation reference everyone is talking about is also evident on the latest iPod touch model. Of course, this could mean nothing. But what if it means everything?

We decided to do some digging of our own, and have discovered that same Dictation evidence on an iPhone 3GS (shown above) running iOS 5.1 beta 3. And while we don’t have an original iPad or iPhone 4 running the new firmware to verify this, we imagine that the reference is on those devices as well.

Given this information, one could assume that Apple is looking to bring at least the Dictation component of Siri to its other iOS products. It’s already been proven that an A5 processor isn’t needed to run the digital assistant, so what would stop Apple from doing this?

Sure, you could say that Apple wants to keep Siri as an iPhone 4S-exclusive feature to propel sales. But what about Dictation? What if it just rolled out the voice-to-text option to other iOS devices? That way it would appease some of the disappointed iOS users that have been left out of all of the Siri excitement, while still keeping the digital assistant exclusive to its latest handset.

Then again, the evidence could also suggest that Apple is looking to bring Siri to other iOS devices in its entirety. You may recall a theory that Apple wanted to introduce Siri on a small scale (limited to iPhone 4S purchasers) at first, while it finished working out all of the kinks. And since it’s been nearly three months since the last documented widespread Siri outage, one could imagine that those wrinkles have been ironed out, leaving Siri ready for prime time.

For the record, there’s not a whole lot of proof supporting any of this outside of the evidence in iOS 5.1. And even then, it’s circumstantial. It’s nothing more than a text file that could have easily been mistakenly pushed out with the latest developer beta. But we think there might be more to it than that.

What do you think? Is Apple looking to open up Siri for other iOS devices?

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  • mattsuperman148

    I have an iPhone 4S…. If Siri gets ported to other devices…. Ima be pisssssssed -_-

    • http://twitter.com/BodyBombs Cody Combs

      so youre saying the only reason you bought a 4s was because of software, when there is always a possibility that software can be ported to other devices, either by devs or by oem’s?

      seems like a silly reason to buy anything if you ask me.

      • mattsuperman148

        Yes because I’m a rich bastard with loads of money to waste. Is that what you wanted to hear?

        -”Seems like a silly reason to buy anything if you ask me.”

        Or did you just want some thumbs up?

        And btw- There’s tons of other reasons to get the 4S (Camera, A5 chip, Antenas)

        So get out my face, Goodbye (:

    • Simon Reidy

      iPhones are like computers. In fact they are computers. The point being you have to accept the fact that they de-value extremely quickly and that top end premium features becme commonplace on cheaper models within months.

      The things that made the 4S seem so awesome on release are still there for you, it’s just that soon others might also be able to participate with features like Siri. It doesn’t change your user experience (providing servers aren’t overloaded) so why should you care?

    • http://www.facebook.com/iagucool Igor IcyClawz

      You’re an egoistic idiot.

  • Anonymous

    probley will so u wont have 501 untethered .

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000253899359 Trevor Decker

      thats what i was thinking too lol

  • Panayiotis Philippou

    eventually yes but not soon….. Apple will try to use Siri as a selling tool for the new iPad. It worked quite well for the iPhone 4s

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000253899359 Trevor Decker

    theres no reason not to distribute the dictation feature at the least, but in doing so the other devices will have to be connected to the apple servers, so a full port would be pretty much inevitable in the jb world, unless apple gets crafty xP

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clyde-Nomiddlename-Butler/100000651484546 Clyde Nomiddlename Butler

    Apple is like a woman, you never know what they gonna do next.

  • Anonymous

    It should only be available to the iPad 2 as that is the exact same price as the iPhone if you bought it like me 830 for 64gb iPad 2 and same for iPhone 4s without a contract.

  • http://twitter.com/Numbaz Numbaz™

    “as a lot of folks don’t see a use for the digital assistant on a tablet” Are you serious?

  • Anonymous

    And it is faster with 1ghz processor speed but dictation can go on all devices but Siri should be available only on these a5 devices and future devices, Siri for iPad would be amazing and apple would be very unfair to release an iPad 2S just for Siri

  • http://twitter.com/iphoneblogr iphoneblogr

    Not gonna happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gustavo-Gonzalez/571889632 Gustavo Gonzalez

    Apple might deliver the dictation feature to older devices, but i dont think they will release siri compleat, its just not convinient for Apple

  • http://twitter.com/amad_ahmed01 Amad

    I think siri will be used on other ios devices. Apple need all voice data that they can get to improve siri and beat all competition.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think you are making a right aassumption here: apple makes a lot more money selling the 4S than they would ever make if the main selling point, which is Siri was available for iPhone 4.
      You must realise my point that the 4S is just a pimped up iPhone 4 is valid, or don/t you agree onthat either?

  • http://twitter.com/sivkai Siv

    “Of course, this could mean nothing. But what if it means everything?”

    LOL

  • Anonymous

    I had the first iphone up to the i4. I am pissssssssssed I don’t have it if it works just as good. I gave enough cash to apple for all them iPhones, plus the extra they got for replacing the broke ones. I think they should share the Siri with their long time customers. Some like myself who became a sells “person” for them do to the fact how much I enjoy the iPhones, but even more when I can show off my jailbroken teaks. The iphone to me is a beautiful tool that many more people could use in their life’s. Apple please show some love and give all of your idevices Siri that’s able to run Siri. I will still continue to show and tell my iphone4 even if u think it’s best we don’t need it. Although I may think a bit more harder on my next phone update. Iphone4s has an A5chip with a great camera with other stuff the i4, 3GS will not be able to do. Don’t hate, we family!~) Right Apple!?!

    • Anonymous

      I never understood why people write personal letters to companies in the comment sections of blogs. Apple is not going to an article on a blog looking for advice on whether or not to port Siri.

  • Kok Hean

    Just give me the dictation feature, it’s way more useful.

  • Anonymous

    Though Apple could easily make a full working Siri port for older devices like my iPhone 4, don’t expect them to do so: it is really the main if not only selling point for their 4S, and they won’t give that away.
    I am NOT getting a pimped up iPhone 4, which the 4S in my opinion is, just for Siri.
    If they give us,although I douibt that very much, the Siri dictation, I think it’s just a matter of time until some clever dv figures out how to make a full working port possible: now THAT would be awesome!

    • Anonymous

      4s is not just siri. camera, games look way better, faster and the dif is gonna be more and more seen as devs develop for the 4s hardware. just because it has the same shell deosnt mean its not a new phone. the iPhone 4 is awesome but 4s is better. don’t down play the 4s

      • Anonymous

        I am not criticising your decision to buy a pimped up iPhone 4, that is your mistake to make.
        Just for a camera that is a little bit better, but still not even half as good as the one in my old Nokia N95, and some faster hardware to play games, which I for one never play is just not enough reaseon not to give me my Siri: Apple should pay a lot more attention to loyal customers s myself, who over the years bought five iPhones!
        First they say it can’t be done because of the limitations of the A4 chip, then comes along a working port(Spire) whiich, with a Chinese server worked like a charm for short while.
        tell me: are you so pissed you bought a phone with as only REAL novelty Siri that you don’t want other loyal buyers, who think the 4s is a joke, only to be corrected when the iPhone 5 finally comes out, that you don’t want people like me who decided to skip a model, to have what you paid an absurd amunt of money for?

      • Anonymous

        obviously you are criticizing my decision. the n95?? really?? lol! good one. you don’t play games, fine. remember the video recording on 3gs which jail breaking showed the 3g could also do? its all biz. but i get ur point y ur mad. I’m not mad, i could care less if siri was on all iPhones, awesome is what i would say. skipping a gen is a smart move, again a persons choice. what I’m saying is don’t diss the 4s cuz u decided it was not worth it and skipped a gen. its like your trying to make yourself feel better by dissing someone else.

      • Anonymous

        I am not criticizing your decision: that is for you to make.
        What I don’t like is your attitude.
        Read the specs of the camera of teh foementioned nokia N85, have a loook at the extremely good photo’s it made, if you don’t believe me I can even send you a few.
        just don’t make fun of people like me, who seriously look before buying yet another hyped model of your favourite companyy.
        Thisd site is not for bashing each othter or belittleling people who make different choices than you made.
        Let’s leave it at that,shall we?

      • Anonymous

        agreed, forgive me for offending you

      • Anonymous

        We are all united in the appreciation of our iDevices here, so no need to apologize: I like a good discussion, Snowball.

  • http://twitter.com/JamesMillar JamesMillar

    Check the terms in the beta. They seem to suggest dictation is conning to older devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304163638 Jim Tate

    they could’ve been planning to release full Siri for older devices all along. I don’t know how well it’s been documented since I don’t avidly read blogs or forums, but even 4.3.3 had an “Assistant” folder with a strings file with several lines containing phrases with “Siri” (and this is on my iPhone4) and there’s an “AssistantUI.framework” folder in 5.0.1. Within that folder is English.lproj which contains many plists named after stock applications. in each of those plists are example phrases you could say to that app such as:

    AddressBook.plist – When is my wife’s birthday?
    Messages.plist – Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late.
    Reminders.plist – Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave here.
    Weather.plist – What is the high for Anchorage on Thursday?
    WolframAlpha.plist – What is an 18% tip on $86.74 for four people? ; What was the best picture of 1983? ; Show me the Orion constellation. ; What’s the price of gasoline in Chicago?

    I could go on, but I think you get my point. These go way beyond the the scope of capabilities of the current voice control and again, this is on 5.0.1 on my iPhone4. so yeah, I’d say it looks good that it will be coming in it’s entirety to other devices.

    If this is old news and it’s been debunked, I apologize for such a large pointless post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304163638 Jim Tate

    they could’ve been planning to release full Siri for older devices all along. I don’t know how well it’s been documented since I don’t avidly read blogs or forums, but even 4.3.3 had an “Assistant” folder with a strings file with several lines containing phrases with “Siri” (and this is on my iPhone4) and there’s an “AssistantUI.framework” folder in 5.0.1. Within that folder is English.lproj which contains many plists named after stock applications. in each of those plists are example phrases you could say to that app such as:

    AddressBook.plist – When is my wife’s birthday?
    Messages.plist – Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late.
    Reminders.plist – Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave here.
    Weather.plist – What is the high for Anchorage on Thursday?
    WolframAlpha.plist – What is an 18% tip on $86.74 for four people? ; What was the best picture of 1983? ; Show me the Orion constellation. ; What’s the price of gasoline in Chicago?

    I could go on, but I think you get my point. These go way beyond the the scope of capabilities of the current voice control and again, this is on 5.0.1 on my iPhone4. so yeah, I’d say it looks good that it will be coming in it’s entirety to other devices.

    If this is old news and it’s been debunked, I apologize for such a large pointless post.

  • http://dep.fm/ dep

    “The idea sparked some controversy, as a lot of folks don’t see a use for the digital assistant on a tablet.”

    I’ve heard absolutely NO one say this. Being an iPad 2 owner, I am very disappointed to not have Siri, since you kind of expect the latest experience, being on the newest tablet hardware.

  • Logan Roach

    I love everyone speculating about information that no one has any knowledge on. The port of siri onto A4 devices would be great but I don’t see that happening. Unless Apple comes up with something “amazing and new” for the iPad 3, besides the Retina display, it wouldn’t have an advantage over the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. People always want the latest and greatest! I’m bored in my finance class. Sorry for the rant.

  • Fausto Pinto

    mattsuperman148 : i payed as much as u did when the iPhone 4 camed out, as i think that if u can have se same programs on the 4S, 4, 3GS. I what to have Siri too.

    When i had my Iphone 3, i has really piss of that only the 3Gs had the Voice Control, and new Siri, If i have the same IOS version i what the same software.