iOS 5.0.1 Makes Siri Port to iPhone 4 Legal
Apple just released iOS 5.0.1 Build 90A46 in order to cure the battery drain problem in iPhone 4S and as revealed later also to cure the invalid sim error in iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S woes were buried eventually by Apple but then began the usual battle between the hackers and Apple, this time however hackers gaining the lead. iOS 5.0.1, according to hackers will allow the long awaited Siri port to iPhone 4 and other iDevices ‘legally’ and more easily in light of previous attempts.
Hackers have managed to port Siri to iPhone 4 and other devices already but it was a complex process due to the access of Siri files in iOS 5 IPSW. Also the files were encrypted so Siri couldn’t be distributed via Cydia as a package due to legal issues.
MuscleNerd, a prominent figure in the jailbreaking and hacking community, recently tweeted that the iOS 5.0.1 update from today features decrypted ramdisks, making it possible to extract the necessary files for a Siri port without infringing on Apple’s copyright. He said:
It’s the first public 4S ipsw where the main filesystem keys are obtainable (due to non-encrypted ramdisks).Advertisement
This is something really fishy. Why would Apple make their IPSW obscure when it was perfectly encrypted? Does Apple really want a Siri port to other iDevices considering the success of Siri? Are they opening avenues for the hackers deliberately or it was another “accident” and will be fixed in another firmware update?
To me things seem one sided. Apple wants to see Siri ported to other iDevices so that it becomes another attractive feature of iOS outclassing Android and Windows Phones, giving Apple a boost in their market shares. But at the same time this justification seems to contradict the release of iPhone 4S. Why would Apple release iPhone 4S then? They could have rolled out Siri on existing idevices through a software update?
Things seem to be too complicated. We should wait and see how things turn up and should wish the minds behind the Siri port and iOS 5 untethered jailbreak which is expected soon, best of luck!