Hackers have been trying to portto older iDevices since the virtual assistant was announced alongside the 4S. doesn’t technically require the new handset’s A5 processor and increased memory, so limiting the technology to the 4S is clearly a marketing maneuver.
We’ve already seen Siri running on an iPhone 4, so we know it’s possible. But those instances required special circumstances, and we didn’t know if we’ll ever see a public release. Siri’s dictation feature has now been made publicly available in for the , and it actually works.
Developer Eric Day has uploaded a[iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y3Azblo1taY?rel=0″] package entitled Siri0us. Day describes his tweak as “Siri dictation for your 5 devices. No keys/files required.” And believe it or not, the utility actually works. We’ve tested it out on a couple of iDevices.
Dictation works great on the iPhone 4, transcribing words into text rather quickly. As you can see in the video, small ads are displayed in the bar above the mic icon. We have also confirmed that Siri0us works on the4G.
To get Siri Dictation running on your jailbroken iDevice, simply add http://apt.if0rce.com to your list of Cydia sources and search for “Siri0us.”
It took us 5 or 6 retries to download the package, so if you get any errors just back out and start over. Also, keep in mind that we have the tweak running on testing devices with no personal information on board as a precaution. However, we have no reason to believe that Siri0us is dangerous.