Probably the most interesting feature of the iPhone 4S; apart from its amazing camera capabilities, is Siri. The voice recognition assistant is what sets Apple’s smartphone apart from its predecessors. Ever since it was launched, many hackers and jailbreakers have been trying to get it to work on other iOS devices. As reported back in November, Siri had been hacked to make it compatible with other devices, including those running on the Android OS. However these hacks and public distribution of the system files are illegal. According to a report by Cult of Mac, with the latest update of iOS 5.0.1, Apple has made it possible to port Siri legally by presenting access to file systems that were previously encrypted.
Siri file systems available with latest iOS update
The report states that MuscleNerd, an iOS jailbreaker tweeted that the iPhone 4S 4.0.1 update features wide open file systems that feature decrypted ramdisks. This makes it possible to extract the files needed to port Siri without infringing on any of Apple’s copyrights. MuscleNerd goes on to say that, “it’s the first public 4S ipsw where the main filesystem keys are obtainable (due to non-encrypted ramdisks).” This means that the files for Siri can be pulled out legally and can be used to get the voice recognition assistant on the iPhone 4, a device that was previously violating Apple’s copyright.
As of now, it is unclear if this is intentionally done by Apple by releasing these file systems, but we we'll just have to just wait and see how all this pans out.