Siri has received mixed reviews from across the world. Some feel it’s a revolutionary feature that has fundamentally changed the way they interact with their smart phone. They love that they can speak naturally to Apple’s digital assistant service, and enjoy the device understanding the meaning behind what they say, rather than simply taking speech and making it into text for a web search. Some people, on the other hand, feel it’s a gimmick, and full of bugs. In many markets, Siri has connection issues, and it doesn’t work as advertised.
The service is also still listed as being in its beta testing phase.
Luckily, the jailbreak community is a diverse one, and when one door closes, another opens up. Nt too long after the iPhone 4S came into consumers’ hands, a piece of software known as Spire came into the Cydia store (jailbreak required). For those of you who have tried Spire on your iPhone in the past, you know that it’s also pretty unstable, glitchy, and it obviously has security issues with using proxy servers. Aside from that, you had to pay for it every month if you wanted to keep using it. It was not worth it at all, and it probably never will be.
After using Siri on my iPhone 4, which this tutorial will show you, I can honestly say that the device isn’t able to handle it well. If you choose to put Siri on your pre-iPhone 4S device, you’ll likely find the experience less-than-satisfactory to say the least. However, I’m not one to prevent you from trying it out for yourself anyways, so whether you choose to use Siri on your device is entirely up to you.
Since the introduction go iOS 5.1 however, Spire will no longer work for your devices. In fact, as @chpwn stated, it’ll be “impossible” for it to work again with its current ways:
Also, due to how it works, it’s *impossible* to update Spire to support iOS 5.1: Apple does not host a decrypted copy of Siri for iOS 5.1.
— Grant Paul (chpwn) (@chpwn) May 26, 2012
Today, with iOS 5.1.1, jail breakers will easily be able to enjoy Siri on their iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS devices, using a brand new method that doesn’t involve Spire. This technique does not involve the use of proxy servers, so you don’t have to worry about your data going off to a random third-party that you may or may not be able to trust.
Below is a step-by-step. Keep in mind that results will vary for Siri’s functionality, because it’s dependent on your processing power (lower on the iPhone 4, and much lower on the 3GS), the speed of your internet connection, and the fact that this software (Siri) is still in beta).
Step 1: Jailbreak your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1G or iPod touch 4G on 5.1.1. If you need help with that, CLICK HERE
Step 2: With your device Jailbroken, Open Cydia and navigate to the Mange Tab. Click Sources
Step 3: We’re going to add a source to Cydia’s list, which will allow you to access “Siriport.” To do this, Tap “Edit” in the top right corner, and then “Add” in the top left. Enter the following address exactly as you see it, including the trailing “/”
Step 4: Once the add is complete, allow Cydia to refresh all of its information. You can do this by going to the Changes tab and tapping the refresh button in the top left corner of the screen. You’ll then find Siriport inside the new repo, or by performing a search for “Siriport.” Since you are on iOS 5.1.1, make sure you download Siriport (Original) since it’s the one that’s compatible.
Step 5: After you install this package, you’ll reboot your device. When your device comes back on
Step 6 (Updated): Now, VISIT THIS LINK FROM YOUR PHONE (Tap the link). That will install the certificate. If you aren’t on your phone, just type in the following address in your URL field in Mobile Safari:
Step 7: Reboot again.
Step 8: Try speaking to Siri. Say “Hi” or something else simple to see if it responds with anything other than “I can’t respond right now… try again later.” If you aren’t getting results, try reinstalling the certificate again, and rebooting the phone. Keep trying Siri. I know it may get frustrating after 10 minutes, sometimes possibly more, but believe me it works (see video above).
As of this post, the verification servers for the site above are being overloaded with requests. Obviously, everybody wants Siri, and that’s why. Keep trying people!!
Please let us know in the comments below if this begins working for you, and so that others can be more confident about it as well! Thanks, and enjoy Siri!
UPDATE #1: Siriport has received an update in Cydia, and they’ve expressed that the certification isn’t working at this time. They are developing a fix for the situation, and will be responding shortly. If this process isn’t working for you, please wait for further feedback from the Siriport team as they work tirelessly to amend things on their end. (thanks Joshua Serna via Facebook)
UPDATE #2: Instead of installing the old certificate, CLICK THIS LINK HERE WITH YOUR iOS DEVICE, and download the new certificate. YOU MUST INSTALL THE UPDATE IN CYDIA FIRST!! – After you install the updated version, and use the link above to grab the new certificate, you’ll reboot your iDevice, and you’ll have Siri working in no time.
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