updated 06:50 pm EST, Sun November 27, 2011
Siri0us gives hacked iOS devices voice dictation
Eric Day took advantage of hacked access to Siri on Sunday through a hack for jailbroken iOS devices. Siri0us (Cydia source link) adds voice dictation similar to that on the iPhone 4S, allowing the same accuracy and continuous dictation as in the official install. It's known to work smoothly on the iPhone 4, although it may take a speed hit on the iPhone 3GS and current iPod touch.
Unlike early hacks, the current port doesn't require borrowed iPhone 4S files to work.
As with most such hacks, Siri0us is unsanctioned by Apple and doesn't have any guarantees of security, stability, or help. It does show that it's technically possible to use key Siri features on pre-4S iOS hardware. Apple's reasons for limiting the voice system to the iPhone 4S are believed as much practical as marketing driven, since it keeps the amount of usage scaling more gradually and lets Apple manage traffic while Siri is still considered an unfinished beta. [via iDownloadBlog]