Spire: Install Siri on iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS

There hav been a number of unofficial port for Siri to iOS 5 devices, but none of them were actually legal.

chpwn has actually figured out a legal way of installing Siri on iPod Touch 3rd, 4th gen, iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, or in other words any jailbroken iOS 5 device. The app is called Spire and is available via Cydia.

Disclaimer: It’s not very easy. Difficulty level: moderate

Pre-requisite: Your iOS 5 device should be jailbroken.

You will need to have your own Siri proxy setup, and an iPhone 4S (at least initially) for authentication to get it running on your older-gen iOS device. chpwn explains:

Spire is not a complete solution. Apple still requires authorization to use Siri, so information from an iPhone 4S is still required. To insert this information, Spire allows you to enter your own proxy server address. I’ve put up a list of my ideas on how you might get access to a proxy; hopefully you can figure something out.

To get a Siri proxy, chpwn suggests:

  • westbaer’s SiriProxy fork
    • Own an iPhone 4S too: Maybe you already own an iPhone 4S, and just want Siri on another device of yours. This is simple; you can just use the above proxy yourself.
    • Find a friend: Maybe your friend has an iPhone 4S and will let you use their authentication tokens (maybe in exchange for some cool SiriProxy plugins). Then, you can share the authentication. Or, maybe you gave your relative your old iPhone when you got your iPhone 4S: now you can share your token and give them Siri.
  • Pay up: It’s very likely that soon we will see for-pay services online to rent you some space on a Siri proxy, attached to one of their iPhone 4S devices. I haven’t seen anything like this yet, but I’ll keep my eye out, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to set something like this up.
  • And now for something completely different: As I suggested earlier, you might be able to replace Siri entirely. A simple method might be to use Google Chrome’s speech “API” hooked up to some code to decode the Siri requests and parse Google’s result. Or, someone could hook it up to some logic backends like many of the clones available on Android: the possibilities are endless.

Spire is available via Bigboss repo (which is default in Cydia). Go ahead and install it.

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