We’re seeing a number of iPhone 4S users complaining on Twitter that they are facing problems with Siri – iPhone 4S’ intelligent personal assistant feature.
The problems with Siri follows news that the feature, which is exclusively available on iPhone 4S, has been successfully ported to iPhone 4.
CNET has also confirmed the problem. It reports:
At approximately 6 p.m. PT, users began posting to Twitter that they were experiencing problems getting Siri to respond to voice commands. Affected users reported that the feature activated correctly, but was not connecting to process voice commands.
It is not clear if the issue is widespread or isolated only to some users as CNET reports that Siri was working fine on their test unit.
Apple had explained in the frequently asked questions about Siri that it uses the processing power of the dual-core A5 chip in iPhone 4S, and it uses 3G and Wi-Fi networks to communicate rapidly with Apple’s data centers to quickly understand what you say and what you’re asking for, then quickly return a response. It is possible that the high demand for Apple’s new iPhone has put a lot of load on Apple’s servers.
Looks like Siri servers are down. Been like that for a couple of hours. 1st day strain I guess.
A number of our readers are also reporting that they’re or were facing issues with Siri. Jason and Dannomano seem to have figured out a way to fix the problem. Try the following steps to fix the issue:
- Launch the Settings app and disable Siri under Settings->General
- Reboot your iPhone
- Launch the Settings app and enable Siri. You should be able to start using Siri.
Is Siri working for you? Did the temporary fix help? Let us know in the comments.