Apple to disable Siri the app in favour of iPhone 4S's Siri

Apple's no stranger to acquiring talent in the iOS community for blockbuster additions to new iOS versions. Two of iOS 5's major new features, an improved notification system and a new voice-activated assistant, came from third party developers. MobileNotifier, the incomplete predecessor to iOS 5's notifications, can still be acquired via a Cydia repository. On the other hand, people on the old Siri app, the forerunner to the Siri feature in the new iPhone 4S, are getting an unpleasant surprise upon launching the application:

Siri was acquired way back in late April of 2010, although the application remained available for download up to today. According to TechCrunch, that changed following this morning's Apple press conference. Siri's servers were temporarily disabled, and then re-enabled but with a warning to its current users.

Non iPhone 4S Siri users have access to the application up until the iPhone 4S's release on October 15, when the old Siri servers will be turned off for good. This leaves the iPhone 4S, its successors, and potentially future iPod touches as the only Siri capable devices in the near future.

The impending shutdown is very similar to the fate of Lala, which Apple acquired in December 2009 and subsequently shut down on May 31, 2010. It is believed the technology behind Lala contributed towards iCloud and music streaming in iOS 5.

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Ouch, talk about screw over the current iPhone owners!

Pretty disgusting move imho. If the 4s has BETTER integration, leaving the app available might have made people look in to it more. Taking it away just to try make people take the jump is pretty low.

AbandonedTrolley said,
Ouch, talk about screw over the current iPhone owners!

Pretty disgusting move imho. If the 4s has BETTER integration, leaving the app available might have made people look in to it more. Taking it away just to try make people take the jump is pretty low.


Agreed. Removing an app that people use on current models to push them into getting an otherwise unremarkable upgrade is very low.

Was the old Siri app a paid one or a free one? Cause if it was paid I'd be quite ****ed if I was an iPhone user...

Fedr0 said,
Was the old Siri app a paid one or a free one? Cause if it was paid I'd be quite ****ed if I was an iPhone user...

Siri Assistant is a free app that uses impressively accurate voice recognition.......


and it goes on..... So yeah.. Free ;D

Geranium_Z__NL said,

Siri Assistant is a free app that uses impressively accurate voice recognition.......

Ok thanks. As it wasn't written in the article I didn't know and I was a bit lazy to just check it up.

derekaw said,
Sounds like good business to me.

If all you care about is money, and not about your customers, then yeah!

TCLN Ryster said,

If all you care about is money, and not about your customers, then yeah!

No company cares about their customers. Companies are inanimate objects.

All companies set out to increase profits. Sometimes you increase profits by giving stuff away, sometimes you increase profits by selling it.

Isnt Apple supposed to be 'different' ? Brand loyalty is a BIG part of why they are so successful. No one ques up outside an Apple store for 3 days to get their hands on an iPhone because it has the best specs ever in a phone do they.

RobertH said,
Isnt Apple supposed to be 'different' ? Brand loyalty is a BIG part of why they are so successful. No one ques up outside an Apple store for 3 days to get their hands on an iPhone because it has the best specs ever in a phone do they.

How would encouraging people to use a non-Apple product foster brand loyalty?

So there are no hardware/software limitations to not have this app running on previous iphones, apple just decided to use it as a lure and then disable it once new iphone comes out? How low can they go?
Dont want to single out Apple, but I have never seen Microsoft or Google pull out a stunt like this.

random_ said,
So there are no hardware/software limitations to not have this app running on previous iphones, apple just decided to use it as a lure and then disable it once new iphone comes out? How low can they go?
Dont want to single out Apple, but I have never seen Microsoft or Google pull out a stunt like this.

Neither Microsoft nor Google product significant hardware...

DukeEsquire said,

Neither Microsoft nor Google product significant hardware...

It still applies to OS versions or Android version, or even consoles.. they dont release software that works on some os/console and then it stops working when they release next one to force you to buy it. Atleast not that I heard of.

Wait... if MobileNotifier became iOS 5's notifications... so THAT'S why that guy thought I already had iOS 5. (Yes, people who know me know I hate Apple, but I have an iPod Touch, (which unfortunately got affected by... erm... Snapple...) but my parents got it for free right b4 my B-Day, & it's not like I had anything else, what was I gonaa say no?)

MASTER260 said,
Wait... if MobileNotifier became iOS 5's notifications... so THAT'S why that guy thought I already had iOS 5. (Yes, people who know me know I hate Apple, but I have an iPod Touch, (which unfortunately got affected by... erm... Snapple...) but my parents got it for free right b4 my B-Day, & it's not like I had anything else, what was I gonaa say no?)

Good story.

greenwizard88 said,
I like how Apple includes that the new one is "better looking". Only Apple would have the gall to say something like that.

LOL should have said 'It's better looking, and you won't be able to use it soon! nyah nyah'

greenwizard88 said,
I like how Apple includes that the new one is "better looking". Only Apple would have the gall to say something like that.

Guess you didn't know that Windows 7 looks better than Windows XP. It's calling knowing the consumer base. Unlike us nerds who know the real differences between one program and its upgrade, like Windows XP(or Vista) to Windows 7, when you are trying to sell to a non techy consumer, you use non technical marketing gimmicks to convince them. "Better looking" - unmeasurable. "Twice as fast" - if it originally took .25 seconds to run, taking .12 seconds to run wouldn't even be noticeable. It's called marketing. Get use to the real world outside of the computer. Everyone, not just Apple, does it, including Google and MS.

Typical of Apple ain't it?
"Hey, we've integrated this great voice assistant feature from Siri with iOS 5 + iPhone 4S"
"You mean the one available free from the App Store?"
"Uhhh.... [Removes from App Store, kills hosting server]"

I CANT BELIEVE WHAT I'M READING!!!!!

CYDIA is for JAILBROKEN iPhones ONLY!!!!!!

The app was never available on the appstore.

Just shows how many non-iPhone users are posting crap on here I guess

_kane81 said,
I CANT BELIEVE WHAT I'M READING!!!!!

CYDIA is for JAILBROKEN iPhones ONLY!!!!!!

The app was never available on the appstore.

Just shows how many non-iPhone users are posting crap on here I guess

lol

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