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Original Siri Assistant app to stop working on October 15th

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    nobody should be shocked

    its a free app and a free service. its pretty clear that the endgame was always going to be sell out to someone.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tired to use it last night

    ant it would not connect to the server so I figured Apple had already plugged the plug.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The forced hardware limitation is pissing me off. The second some one jailbreaks iOS 5 and enables it on a iPhone 4, if it works flawlessly I for one will jump on any lawsuit over this deliberate crippling to encourage sales. Fact of the matter is most of us are on contracts and can only upgrade every 2-3 years regardless of what cool new feature is in the phone. The phone sells itself. This is one time Apple has gone to far.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wouldn't sue...that is silly

    If you don't like the lack of capabilities, sell your phone and get a different phone. Vote with your wallet (like it will matter).

    But, I do agree that the artificial limitation of using Siri on the 4S only is a rather poor decision. It gives the impression that Apple is using it as a technique to sell the new 4S phones, which should be able to sell themselves.

    What did I do? Well, I am not leaving the iPhone, so that option is out. So, I just dusted off my old 3GS and sold my iPhone 4 on eBay today. Might as well make as much as I can on my iPhone 4 before the market drops next week. :) It's not like there is really that much of a difference (for me) between the 3GS and the 4 (for my uses).

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