The new iPad is finally here and despite our most optimistic predictions, we won’t be able to enjoy the know-it-all digital assistant on a tablet. Apple provides a consolation function, Dictation, based on voice recognition technology allowing iPad users to get more work done without needing to use the large screen keyboard. But no Siri… Well, in this case, the frustrated users who are looking to get the feature that everyone is talking about since the last iPhone hit the market have a solution to bypass Apple’s plans: i4Siri, at least for previous iPads.
i4Siri Brings Siri to iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch 4G
The solution is for jailbroken devices and it needs 5.0, 5.0.1. For the eager jailbreak fans, there is also available a version for the latest iOS upgrade, although the Dev Team warns about using 5.1 jailbreak. Although 5.1 was released in record time, less than 48 hours after Apple announced its official iOS 5.1, the jailbreak does not work on the second and third generation iPad, nor on the latest iPhone and it is semi untethered.
I4Siri works on jailbroken iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, iPads, only the original and the second generation tablet (apparently the “resolutionary” iPad is doomed to remain without Siri for now). Even iPod Touch (fourth generation) owners are invited to join the Siri frenzy.
The official site, http://i4siri.com, explains us that the installation if as easy as possible and only four steps are required:
1. Add the repo http://i4siri.com/repo
2. Install i4Siri (will install spire if not already)
3. Open Settings and navigate to i4Siri.
4. Click install certificate.
Although the process sounds simple enough, the team that developed the hack has a little piece of advice in order to avoid trouble: “Make sure http://i4sirifree.mooo.com is entered in the Spire proxy address.” However, maybe a little warning is required. Some tech analysts point out that Siri does not rely solely on software. The latest iPhone has pieces of hardware, like dedicated microphones and speakers, to help Siri perform better.