Siri is one of the best technological innovations integrated by Apple in its iPhone 4S. This integrated voice assistant has been the point of focus of a lot of hackers in their attempt to port Siri. Some are successful in porting Siri to other devices but public distribution has remained illegal. On the other hand, everything could change at least for iPhone 4 with the introduction of iOS 5.0.1 update. According to the report at Cult of Mac, Apple already released the iOS 5.0.1 update and this is bound to open system files that have been previously encrypted. This update will mean porting Siri is within the bounds of law at least for iPhone 4.
Before Apple introduced the iOS 5.0.1 update, a unique identifier for iPhone 4S is needed to make Siri run. The unique key requires rotation every twenty four hours so it will not be detected because a lot of devices call on Siri using the same identifier of iPhone 4S. If the key is not regularly rotated, Apple will easily spot it and disable the port. But Apple removed that little obstacle and while the company can always re-encrypt it with a newer iOS update, still there is no official statement from the company why they have chosen to left it open for hackers to take advantage of.
The iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 version is build 9A406 and it doesn’t have the listed changes coming from the same version released just last month in the attempt of the company to resolve battery issues. Reported at iDownloadBlog.com, it is said that this new update is inclusive of decrypted RAM disks, essentially enabling users to write a script that will allow them to download the iOS 5.0.1 software update and extract the files needed to effectively port Siri. This is definitely a legal solution for hackers who want to stay legal while attempting to port Siri.
The last month’s iOS 5.0.1 update is meant to combat battery life issues that most iPhone users complain about. However, a lot of developers claim that the beta release distributed by Apple failed to address key issues in battery problems and a lot of users are still experiencing the same battery drainage with or without the update. This means that whether or not Apple intended to leave the encryption open to enable third party users to port Siri, there is a big question as to whether this will solve the battery problems that have been plaguing most users of the next generation iPhone.