Apple looking to hire experienced iOS developers to work on Siri

 

If you have always dreamed of working for Apple then this might be your chance, Apple is currently looking to hire experienced developers to work on Siri.

According to the Twitter site of Siri UI manager Dan Keen Apple is looking for a pair developers to help improve Siri, which doesn’t really come as a surprise since the artificial intelligence-driven digital secretary was launched as a beta product, something Apple never does.

According to the Job posting Apple is looking for someone who will be responsible for developing new features, maintaining existing code, fixing bugs, and contributing to overall system design.

While the fact that Apple is looking for developers to help with Siri doesn’t automatically mean they will open up Siri to third-party apps, I really think it is more a matter of time before Apple decides to allow third-party apps to use Siri, as 9to5mac.com puts it “Think talking to your apps, saying stuff like Update my Facebook status saying ‘Is anyone up for a movie tonight?’”

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Apple built Siri-specific proximity sensor into iPhone 4S

During iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 4S, the site came across a component that it couldn’t immediately identify. After subsequent testing, iFixit has determined that the iPhone 4S has an infrared LED that acts as a secondary proximity sensor, and its functions appear to be tied directly to Siri.

All earlier models of iPhones have had a proximity sensor designed to shut the handset’s touchscreen off when you raise it to your ear. This is designed to prevent your face from dialing numbers while you’re on a phone call. The sensor is normally only active during phone calls or when using a VoIP app like Skype.

In contrast, this new infrared LED is constantly active if you have enabled “Raise to Speak” in Siri’s settings. The whole purpose of the sensor is essentially the same as the iPhone’s traditional proximity sensor, just with a different function; instead of deactivating something, this sensor instead activates Siri when you raise it to your ear.

Although the LED is constantly active if you have “Raise to Speak” enabled, it’s most likely drawing a minuscule amount of power and thus not the cause of widely-reported battery issues in the iPhone 4S (which aforthcoming iOS 5 update hopes to address). It’s also worth noting, as iFixit rather humorously does, that although the iPhone 4S will constantly be emitting an infrared beam in your direction as you use it, the beam is completely harmless.

Siri hacked now works on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch

iPhone experts Steven Troughton Smith and chpwn seem to have just gotten the iPhone 4S-only Siri working on jailbroken iPhone 4 and current-gen iPod touch units this evening. This bypasses earlier authentication issues. Theytweeted their success and posted a screen shot showing Siri working via Wi-Fi (the Airplane Mode icon just means that 3G is turned off, but it is possible to turn Wi-Fi back on even in AM; that’s what they did.)

Their success comes just weeks after the iPhone 4S debuted. Since Apple’s back-end systems are checking for iPhone 4S devices before processing Siri queries, they managed to work around this limitation. The hack is based on moving compiled code components from a 4S to the older units.