Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

Summary: If Apple doesn't promote Siri, it's doing her an extreme disservice. Apple needs to bring Siri to the iPad -- but more importantly to the iPhone 4 -- if it expects to gain marketshare.

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9to5Mac is reporting that Siri may be coming to the iPad. Yippee.

Tipster Sonny Dickson noticed an apparent Apple oversight when he discovered the Siri Dictation legal boilerplate in Settings > General >  About while running iOS 5.1b3 on an iPad. To date Apple has kept Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S (announced October 10, 2011).

Since the iPad 2 uses the same A5 processor as the iPhone 4S it should be trivial to make Siri work on the iPad 2. In fact, I'm surprised it's taken this long.

If Siri comes out for the iPad 2, then can the iPhone 4 (no "S") be far behind?

Let's be honest here, the iPhone 4 and its A4 processor should be more than capable of running Siri. Don't forget that Siri used to run on the iPhone 4, and jailbreakers are inching ever closer to porting Siri to the iPhone 4.

So why is Apple stonewalling? To protect its precious iPhone 4S sales -- or so it thinks.

Apple's artificially obsoleting the iPhone 4 based on flawed logic. Apple thinks that it's protecting its bottom line by restricting Siri to the iPhone 4S when its actually burning good will from loyal customers that bought the iPhone 4 and can't run Siri.

There are many reasons why Apple should release Siri for the iPhone 4:

  • There are signs that iPhone 4S sales have plateaued.
  • Google's Voice Actions for Android doesn't discriminate. It's available on all Android devices shipped after August 2010.
  • Siri running on an iPhone 4 isn't going to cannibalize sales of a new iPhone 4S.
  • People buy new iPhones when they: a) break/lose them, or b) swap carriers.
  • Even the earliest iPhone 4 customers aren't yet eligible for a 4S upgrade until June 2012.
  • To push Siri technology further into the community and gain marketshare.

If Apple doesn't promote Siri, it's doing her an extreme disservice. Apple needs to bring Siri to the iPad, and any iPhone it will run on in order to gain traction and acceptance with users. It would be a shame if Siri were left to relative obscurity, like FaceTime.

Topics: Smartphones, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    Don't care I have Tellme on my Windows Phone
    jatbains
    • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

      @jatbains Then Tellme why post anything here? This article has nothing to do with WP7 or TellMe.
      athynz
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    I can think of one good reason to not bring it to the iPhone 4 yet. Siri is still in Beta. <br><br>As the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s have the A5 processor while the iPhone 4 and iPad 1 use the A4, it may not be so snap easy to have Siri running without degradation of battery life or phone responsiveness, but I speculate here.<br><br>Being as how I have an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4, assuming the prophecy of the legal-plate is true, I look at it as one is better than none, if it happens. If it doesn't, I still have the same devices I bought; I don't have to have the shiny, shiny.
    DannyO_0x98
    • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

      @DannyO_0x98
      if they consider it Beta, they shouldnt be pushing it as a selling point in all their commercials.
      tiderulz
      • Why not?

        @tiderulz Practically everything that Google does lives in a perpetual beta state, and that doesn't stop them from promoting the heck out of things? (And then killing them!)
        jscott69
      • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

        @jscott69
        So is Apple only as good as Google? I thought they tout themselves as better?
        tiderulz
      • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

        @tiderulz - lol - everything Microsoft does is beta. And then it's dead. Well, everything they don't have a monopoly in that is.
        The Danger is Microsoft
      • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

        @tiderulz Excellent CES new product article http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2012/01/06/solar-powered-kindle-cover-introduced-at-ces/
        sreeseche
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    Then spring for an iPhone 4S, blazing fast and it has SIRI

    Love mine : )
    orandy
    • We would, but ...

      @orandy ... folks like me, who bought their iPhone 4 in the first few months of its availability, aren't eligible for cost-effective upgrades until mid-2012 (at the earliest).

      We have perfectly good iPhones that should be perfectly capable of running Siri -- since the pre-Apple version ran fine on an iPhone 4 (I think it even ran on a 3GS) -- but we don't get to use it. It does feel like Apple is artificially withholding Siri from equipment that could run it. And that's just not cool. Definitely not the "Apple Way" of old, when they use to give away OS upgrades (as they do with iOS now) so that even users of old Macs could have some of the cool, new, gee-whiz features.
      jscott69
    • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

      @orandy Then loan me the cash to get an iPhone 4S to replace my still under contract iPhone 4.
      athynz
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    Siri is there to encourage people to upgrade to 4S. Why would they undercut 4S sales by offering Siri on older iPhones? Apple makes money selling devices, and it's all about selling upgrades, not "parts". (note "Robots" reference :-))
    A.Sinic
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  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    1. You're wrong about people not being eligible for the 4s. I pre-ordered the iPhone 4 and got it the day before it came out. I checked when the 4s was announced and I am eligible for upgrade. I've been eligible for each and every iPhone upgrade since they came out. I bought the original, then upgraded to the 3G, skipped the 3Gs and upgraded to the 4 (although I could have upgraded to the 3Gs) and I've decided to skip the 4s as it offers nothing new for me that the 4 doesn't already do perfectly well.

    2. Apple isn't losing anything by not putting Siri into the iPhone 4. Nobody REALLY cares about Siri except for you. I've spoken to probably 15 people with the iPhone 4 or 4s and the consensus among them is that they couldn't care less about Siri. Everyone is making such a big deal about it, but really, who uses voice commands all that much anyway? I can stick something in my calendar or in the Reminders app in less than 30 seconds. And I can do it while on the phone, in the grocery, riding down the road, sitting at work, on the toilet, in the kitchen, cutting the grass, talking to the neighbor, laying in bed, etc.

    Voice commands are over rated and Apple won't lose a dime by not offering it. The only reason they didn't get my money is because they released a half-hearted 4s rather than a full blown iPhone 5. Had they done that, I would have upgraded in a second.

    Siri or not, the iPhone 4s isn't worth the upgrade and extended contract. I'm keeping my options open for the 5.
    heymatthew
    • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

      @heymatthew
      if you tried to create an appt or reminder without voice in my state and you were seen, you would be stopped and ticketed. Not allowed to use a phone while driving unless hands free.
      tiderulz
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    For me it is more about the problem of voice to text not setting up appointments etc. Ever since Android voice to text came out as a standard part of the Android keyboard I have felt like I'm living in the stone age with my iPhone 4. It sucks because this phone is anything but old.

    I just think it's a little absurd that Android people can text while driving with ease yet iPhone people get left in the dust. It leaves me with serious reservations about obtaining an iPhone 5.
    deftdrummer
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    I want Siri on my Mac as well.
    ptidman
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    As an iPhone 4 owner I'd love to see Siri enabled on iOS 5 for iPhone 4.
    athynz
  • Apple is probably right about sales

    Siri is a huge selling point for iPhone 4S.
    Slightly fast this and thinner that is nice but doesn't really provide a functional reason to upgrade where Siri does. I too would like Siri to work on my 3GS but I'm not waiting with crossed fingers.
    Tigertank
  • RE: Who cares about the iPad, I want Siri on the iPhone 4

    I think that the limitation is based on apple wanting to limit the number of users. Once apple has sufficient time to really test SIRI at scale they will lift some of the restrictions. Keep in mind apple needed to test their data center, networks, software and hardware.
    jhuddle