updated 04:30 pm EDT, Thu October 6, 2011
Traffic being redirected to iPhone 4S
The predecessor to Apple's Siri, Siri Assistant, will stop working on October 15th, a message in the iOS app reveals. "I've been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better-looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S. I'll be leaving for home Oct. 15th," the text says. The software has reportedly been unavailable in the App Store since Tuesday, when the iPhone 4S was announced.
The deadline is likely to upset some users, particularly as the app proves that at least some Siri functions should not require the 4S hardware. The Siri company has been a part of Apple since April 2010 however, and the technology is being integrated deeply into iOS, likely imposing steeper demands on devices.
The new Siri is a voice command system that can interact with many different iOS functions. Users can accomplish everything from locating landmarks to arranging meetings and sending text messages. Setting it apart from some systems -- such as Apple's own Voice Control -- is the ability to use natural-language sentences, instead of just specific keywords.