Sorry, iPhone 4 Users: You Will Not Be Getting Siri Anytime Soon
Aw, shucks. As an iPhone 4 user, I was really hoping that I would be able to get my hands onto Apple‘s new personal assistant feature Siri sometime in the near future without having to upgrade my phone. The feature, which is available on the new iPhone 4S, is just that—a feature that presumably could be added on to the iPhone 4 and even older models of the iPhone with a software update by Apple. That way, other iPhone users could experience Siri right now.
However, it appears that Apple is not planning to release Siri to any of the iPhones except for the iPhone 4S in the foreseeable future. According to Techland, an iPhone user recently reached out to Apple about a separate issue and, during the course of the phone call, asked if there were any plans to release Siri as a paid upgrade to older iPhones. The thought process there was that other iPhone users, like myself, would get the opportunity to get Siri sometime down the line after a brief period of exclusivity for Siri on the iPhone 4S. However, the Apple representative quickly shut the idea down.
“Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue,” the rep said. “Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices.”
So, there you go. No Siri for you! I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. After all, Siri is basically the only thing that distinguishes the iPhone 4S from the original iPhone 4. The outside of it is exactly the same and, if not for the better camera and the faster processor, Siri literally would be the only thing separating the iPhone 4S from the iPhone 4. So, why allow owners of older iPhones to simply download Siri?
Then again, I have a hard time believing that Siri won’t be available for other iPhones in a few months. For now, Apple wants—and probably needs—to keep it exclusive to the iPhone 4S because, let’s face it, that’s what’s getting iPhone 4 users who are perfectly happy with their phones to upgrade now. But once the initial buzz of the iPhone 4S and Siri wears off, I can’t imagine Apple not trying to make even more of a profit off it by allowing other iPhone users to buy it for their phones.
And, why not? If they do, I’d certainly be first in line to try it out. But, for now, don’t expect it to be released to your iPhone anytime soon. Unless your iPhone has a 4S on the end of it.