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How To Get Siri Legally On iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod touch 4G/3G With Spire

A lot of people were expecting something big from the iOS dev community around Christmas, and like so many other instances, they have not disappointed all the iPhone jailbreak users across the world. A few hours ago, Spire was released, which is a legal port for the much-awaited Siri on unsupported, legacy devices. The world fell in love with Siri as soon as it was released alongside iOS 5. As it was among the most obvious distinguishing features of iPhone 4S, users of older iPhones, iPad and iPod touch wanted it on their devices straightaway, but turned out that it wasn’t legal to port Siri to any other device because of the encryption used in iOS 5. However, with the release of unencrypted keys in one of iOS beta firmwares around Christmas, all such limitations went down the drain, and thanks to the developers of Spire, it is possible to legally use Siri on jailbroken iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 3G and first gen iPad.

Spire Spire Proxy

On the surface, using Spire might look like as simple a task as installing a Cydia tweak, but you need to do much more than that before you can have a friendly and helpful chat with Siri. Also, it must be noted that this tweak will only run on devices running iOS 5 jailbroken properly, as semi-tethered jailbreak is not supported. Here are the steps that need to be followed to get Spire up and running on any compatible device.

Spire Siri iPhone 4 Siri iPod touch

Instructions:

  1. Go to the Cydia store, and from the BigBoss repo, download the newly released Spire package. The tweak uses about 100MB of data, so it is better if you download it over a stable Wi-Fi connection (as suggested by the developer as well).
  2. The installation of the tweak will require you to reboot your device. If you’re tethered jailbroken still, you’ll need a tool like redsn0w or iBooty to perform a reboot.
  3. After the download and installation procedure is complete, a separate menu will appear for Spire in the Extensions tab of the Settings menu.
  4. Now comes the tricky part of using Spire, that is, setting up a proxy server for the tweak. While Spire will install Siri on a device, access to Apple’s official server is still required for Siri to work. Hence, we need to set up a proxy, which will make the server think that your device is actually a 4S. Even though theoretically there are more than one methods for accomplishing this, as you can read here at the developer’s blog, the most intuitive and practical method seems to be the copying of proxy settings from an actual iPhone 4S. Chpwn, the co-developer of Spire, lists some techniques for that on his blog, and you can check them out.

That’s about it. You should now be able to use Siri on on your device. Spire is available for free in the Cydia store’s Big Boss repo.

63 Comments

    • You don’t need an iPhone 4S, just it’s certification keys. So all you have to do is ask for any 4S owner for a temporary favour.

  1. I ask from mobile store about this subject but he said:siri is a hardware and you can’t inistal on your iphone 4

    • Probably more than half the stuff they tell you at the mobile store isn’t true. The hardware that they’re talking about is the mic…and older devices have it. You probably heard this from them just to buy the iPhone 4s from them.

  2. Spire is in my settings but it hasn’t replaced voice control, I’m using a 3GS with an unteathered version of redsn0w, could the version of my jailbreak be preventing spire taking over?

  3. Ok so when I try to install spire I get “I wasn’t able to locate the file for th com.chpwn.spire package. This might mean you need to manually fix this package.” What does this mean?? How do I manually fix the package?

  4. Worked For Me Thanks Root Hack I Dont Have Any 4S Just install certificate From Root hack Then Copy Url 1000-1009 To Spire in Preferances Then Wait Activate By Respring Reboot Wait Untill Certificate Allow To Use Siri Proxy Cool

  5. Don’t you just love it? Unless I’m missing something here, it’s legal for illegal (broken) IPhone 3XXs but not for legal phones.

  6. Don’t you just love it? Unless I’m missing something here, it’s legal for illegal (broken) IPhone 3XXs but not for legal phones.

  7. When I’m installing it, I get this:

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    iPod Touch 4G, 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak

  8. Unauthorized access of Apple’s servers isn’t legal.

    Anyway, Siri’s not that great … the fanbois excuse its shortcomings with “it’s in beta” … it was a very clever marketing ploy for Apple to slap that label on it so they could pretend it’s a lot better than it is (“I know Artificial Intelligence and you, madam, are no Artificial Intelligence”) and use it to sell iPhone 4S’s.

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