Siri Available “Legally” on Jailbroken iOS5 Devices

The world of hacking is ever evolving. When a new product is released to the masses such as the Kindle Fire or Samsung Galaxy S2, the first thing electronic consumers ask is, “Has it been hacked?”The trend continued with the recent release of the iOS5 firmware from Apple. The next level program provided updates and new features including notifications, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, improved camera functions, Twitter integration and last but not least, Siri.The last feature was thought to be exclusive to the iPhone 4S model, until a few months later when it ultimately got hacked.

Apple described its personal assistant saying, “Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.”

According to Engadget.com, hackers Grant Paul (AKA chpwn), Steven Troughton-Smith and Ryan Petrich have combined forces to release Spire.

This newly installed hack brings Siri to any jailbroken iOS5 device. This includes the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPod Touch.

In order to get Siri on older models, one must jailbreak their iOS5 device, which is illegal in theory. When a user hacks their product and unlocks it, thus becoming “Jailbroken”, they void all warranties provided by the manufacture.

Based on comments filed by Apple with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking, Eff.org said, “Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation.”

Engadget.com was first to report on the new Spire installer last night. According to the hackers themselves, this new version available through Cydia is “Legal, avoiding the copyright infringement inherent in previous hacks.”

However, there are still proxy server issues, so jailbreak and install Spire at your own risk.