Recently we’ve seen reports flying around claiming that Apple has plans to put Siri on older generation devices, and may even be testing out the personal assistant on the iPhone 4. The news seemed more than a bit unexpected, so we decided to wait for Apple’s confirmation. Lo and behold, Apple has responded just as we thought they would: Siri is an iPhone 4S exclusive, at least in any official sense.
In the past few days, we’ve seen Siri running on an iPhone 4, a 4th Gen iPod Touch, and an iPhone 3GS, but Apple played no part in that. As the word spread, rumors began to circulate that Apple was indeed planning on bringing the personal assistant to older devices, but that hope has been effectively killed. An iOS developer by the name of Michael Steeber reached out to Apple asking whether or not Siri might be part of a special, paid update to iOS 5.
Just like they’ve said before, Apple responded with this:
Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue:
Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices.
When it comes down to it, it simply doesn’t make business sense for Apple to move Siri onto older devices. The company disappointed many by bringing the exact same design to the table this year, and Siri is the number one defense against that. Especially considering just how little the mass majority of consumers care about specs, much less understand them.
Putting Siri on older handsets severely depreciates the iPhone 4S’s value, and we wouldn’t want that would we?