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It looks like the mystery is over. After the unveiling of the iPhone 4S and Siri, owners of the iPhone 4 were pretty vocal about the fact that they couldn't have the new feature. There were all sorts of reasons given, but all of them were seemingly ignored when word (and video) broke out showcasing Siri working pretty well on an iPhone 4. Sure, you can put Siri on your iPhone 4 right now, but you need to be technologically advanced and ready to dig deep into your iPhone 4's software. It isn't an easy task at all, and most iPhone 4 owners probably won't make the effort.

But a report from CNET yesterday seems to have put an end to the debate, more or less. As it turns out, it does come down to processor hardware and features. According to the report, Apple utilized technology provided by a company called Audience, which was limited back in 2010 when the iPhone 4 launched. However, Audience's second-generation technology was released in 2011 and the iPhone 4S took advantage of it, making Siri a possibility. It comes down to noise-reduction technology, which Apple had built right into the dual-core A5 processor, and Audience's "far-field speech" technology.

This latter bit is apparently the brunt of the issue between Siri and the iPhone 4. This "far-field speech" technology makes it possible to use Siri from a distance, coupled with the noise-reduction technology. So, while there are plenty of technical reasons thrown in there, it reads like it comes down to this: you can use the iPhone 4S at arm's length, and you can't do that with the iPhone 4, so Siri is only fully capable of running on the iPhone 4S.

I've seen commercials with Siri on board the iPhone 4S, showcasing the new feature in all of its glory. But, you know what I don't see? People using their iPhone 4S at arm's length, speaking (or yelling) at their phone trying to get results from Siri. Nope, I see people holding their phone right up to their face, speaking normally. So, from what I've read and seen (and used), there really is no reason why the iPhone 4 can't run Siri.

Like I said above, there are people who have loaded an iPhone 4 with Siri. And if you've used Siri before, then you have probably used it right up close and personal, and probably never at arm's length away. It's great that Apple used the latest and greatest technology within their A5 processor to make sure that the iPhone 4S had the best graphics and top-notch noise-reduction capabilities, but it seems strange to me that Apple would bar the iPhone 4 from the voice-activated assistant feature just because you can't hold the phone further away from your mouth.

When the iPhone 4S was first unveiled, and Siri along with it, and word came down that the iPhone 4 would be missing out on this prodigal feature, my initial thought came down to sales. Apple wanted to sell the iPhone 4S, and considering the marginal update compared to the iPhone 4, they needed something to make it standout. The A5 dual-core processor was apparently not enough, so Siri was the top application to promote and make exclusive. People were obviously going to get upset, but they needed to move units, and Siri made that possible thanks to its exclusive nature on a new device.

And I think that's still the majority of the case. And that's why I'm thinking that this year, when Apple unveils the next iPhone, they perhaps bring Siri out of its Beta position and release it as a download within the App Store. Make it available as a public download for everyone with an iPhone 4. Even if that means you charge $9.99 to get it, at least make it an option. Because we know that an iPhone 4 can run Siri. And, based on your commercials Apple, we know that you don't want people holding their phone as far away from their face as possible to "talk" to Siri.

So, this year, make Siri available for iPhone 4 owners.


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Tyler Franz Frodl is it sad i have a galaxy s2 and an iphone 4?
Jason Fenton Siri has a droid cousin called alice. apple ain't so smart after all. https://market.android.com/details?id=yourapp24.android.tools.alice_lite&feature=search_result
Sharon George Yes please
Corey Stock Oh and I hate iPhones to begin with, so....
Corey Stock Who cares? It sucks anyways. Its mostly a gimmick.
Noah Gonzales No then why the fuck woukd they have the iphone 4s. Silly phonedog
Nick Kalman I don't think anybody cares cause nobody using it that much. It's just to play for a bit and no one needs it.
Travis Robinson Hell no stop supporting these old ass devices! Bring the 5 baby!
Kurt Boynton I dont want to touch my phone or even look at it! I just want to yell at it from across the room and hear it speak back in a soft respectful tone no matter how much I verbally abuse it!!!! Lol what a joke!
Asher Enciso Why would anyone say no? What are the negative impacts?
Cindy Lou Siri is lame. I never use it :)
Jose Santiago Gonzalez Dont care if it does or does not. I owned an iPhone 4 & must say that the Samsung galaxy s2 epic 4g touch that I currently own blows away the iPhone. I have no idea what the hype is about IPhones. The only thing great about it is the quality build. Its slow as heck, small screen, non customizable,and crappy signal strength. Siri also is a joke.
Carlos Tobon Siri should get an update
Jason Ramos It's a novelty feature anyway
Josh Stanley People will wait for the iphone5 to come out later this year
Pete Allen West she is an annoying b****.... but very true
Joshua K. Bane Siri is a great addition to the iPhone. But its not the only improvement. It has a better camera and processor for example.
Martin Hodgson no because people are not going to buy iphones 4 s because now they have siri and maybe ppl buy it just because of that
Martin Hernandez It's called fragmentation. Something Android is really good at ;-)
Ash Hus hell yeah!
Phillip Dill Iphones need more then siri to keep up with android
Marti Ruiz Useless. But suck battery
Aaron Delgado Yes put In the iOS 5.1!!
Eduardo Ordaz Nope. It useless. Lots of people dont use it anyway. My aunt has a 4S and she hardly ever uses it. Its useless.
Mian MOhid Yeah totally that would be awsome
Max Larrieux I think androids voice actions is more useful, its simple. siri is for children who have nothing to do but talk to their phone
Matt Dupuis It would be a bad business move for apple. The only things the 4s would have going for it would be the camera and the processor. Therefore most would just cut their losses and buy the iPhone 4 and not the 4s.
Jimmy Stranahan If it came to the iPhone 4, I wouldn't use it anyway!
Nick Chimento I don't care because I have Android HA
Miguel Sahagun Apple users are dumbshits. Can only handle one button and need a robot to do shit for them.
Adrian Clarke I have it works great too
Will Ross Yes!!
Joel Diaz Siri should come out to dinner with me sometime.
Ray Munoz No only on newer iOS devices only
Larry L Roe Yes it should
Joe Czo I only use Siri to ask stupid questions when I'm bored but other than that I find it useless.
Equaknox Knox the wont,,,it wuld take take sales from 4s,,,,an apple is all about marketing nit pooular demand,,,where andriod excells,,,,n ppl stop calln a iphone 4,,4s a 4g,,,,it is not a 4g phone,,,uuuuggghhh
Dale Lyster Yes for the consumers. But no for apple because then people wont buy the iPhone 4s they will save their money and go right to the iPhone 4
Seth Boggs Siri is the most over rated thing Ive ever used. Just like the device its on now.
Bon Karis Dougie Only lazy people uses Siri! hehe..
Zakari Ghachi Who cares
Tommy Mendes No dumbasses, because then you wouldn't have to go out and buy the 4s, or the 5.
Josue Granados We don't need to put Siri on a iphone 4 or lower phone. For those who own an iPhone4 when it came out you should upgrade to the new one. The ones who bought one this year.. Why couldn't you just buy the 4s???
Albert Sexy Hell Yeah
Zach Cline I've honestly never used siri. I played with it once or twice, And it is cool- But it's not something I really use all the time.
Jody Warrick Siri is awesome.. Would be great if it could be on the ipad 2 and other idevices. I can see that it could slow down the iphone 4 and other older apple products but that should really be up to the individual.
Rich Wielgosz Shanne is right on the money. Why would apple do that? Then they can't entice you to buy more products you don't need.
Matt Ramlogan I thought they said Siri wasn't compatible with the hardware setup in the iPhone 4?
Anonymous lol,doesnt matter, Siri is just a gimmick no one use...The only 2 reasons I can think of is 1)They try to revive hype among iPhone 4 users to make Siri popular again and 2)Charge a monthly fee for any other device but a 4S that wants to use Siri
Shawn nV Sp No because siri is 4s trademark so not worth putting a higher end mod in a lower end phone which would lag the heell out 4g and may cash more frequently
Miguel Sahagun Siri was an app that apple bought and pulled, then put as a "feature" on the 4s
Justin Becker They should put Siri on the iPod touch as well...
Christopher David They wouldn't care since the i4s will be priced lower once new iPhone is out anyway. You guys are clueless
Robert Wellington Clubine III This would be cool.
Edmund Nigel Yes that would be great
James LeBlanc @Shanne Liszewski That's what Apple is doing.
Alexander Smith The s in 4S stands for Steve.
Ken Scott Kletzin They could, but the iPhone 4 already has an old processor, some apps no longer work on the device, and it lags at times. Siri could make that worse, and I personally don't have almost any problems with my new iPhone 4S.
Manda Vue They alreadY have it
JMichael Rodriguez I don't care much for it.
Tim Moore They won't. What would make people buy the S then? $100 or $200+? Everyone would flock to the iPhone 4.
Jesus G. Nolasco Die apple we hate you! Lol
Ian Jamieson Unless you have been living under a rock. You would know that you have been able to do that for over 3 months...
Shanne Liszewski Wouldn't that just make the Iphone 4 the Iphone 4s, but not scam people out of money selling them the same product with a couple new features
Thomas Oropeza Yes they should!! Helps alot..
Jourdan Fletcher they won't thats what the s is in the iphone 4S thats the only real new feature in the iphone
Eric Kroh siri=POJ
Josh Dean Hells yea.
Allan Kuang How about iPhone 4 for tmobile? -_-
Jesus Cardenas They should
Alin Felehert yes!!!!!!
Daniel Villarreal yes it helps a lot
Stephen Wagner Apple should just not exist that's what should happen
Steven Walker that's be cool




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