Siri is back in business, but reasons for the outage remain unclear

Siri is back in business, but reasons for the outage remain unclear
After a massive outage affecting iPhone 4S owners throughout the country, Siri, the intelligent, voice-controlled personal assistant, is back in businesses, as users are now reporting. As we previously mentioned, the feature stopped working properly yesterday quoting that network connection problems were to blame.

Why would a network connection failure be causing troubles? Well, even though Siri is integrated in iOS 5, it still relies on Apple's servers, to which it sends your input for processing. By doing so, the assistant is able to accurately interpret your commands and to respond to them accordingly.

Although Apple has yet to comment on the outage, a server overload sounds like a plausible explanation. According to the user reports, Siri responded to commands with an error message mentioning server connection problems even though the iPhone 4S had a working internet connection. But we cannot really give Apple a hard time since it clearly stated that the personal assistant feature is still in beta stage. Road bumps like this one should not come as that much of a surprise, especially when Siri's growing popularity is probably pushing Apple's servers more and more each day.

If you own an iPhone 4S yourself, feel free to let us know whether Siri is functional again by dropping a comment below.

source: SlashGear

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31 Comments

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Crapple sucks. Thats the reason.

2. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Correction: there was no outage.

5. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

come on man of course there was.

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I kid I kid! As I mentioned in the original article, there is nothing wrong with Siri everyone is just talking to her wrong.

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

haha you're funny man... you got me.. lol

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Siri, what would this phone be like without you? SIRI: Like an iphone4 siri, can you prove that? SIRI: ............................... siri?? siri???? crap.. now how do u use the touchscreen on this thing.. lol

4. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

yeah phone arena...when a problem occurs on android go full.. but when apple is concerned dont give apple hard time.. why do you put a beta service on a flagship product?

6. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

They seem to be giving Apple as hard a time as they can... In reality, it IS a beta service. They dedicated an article to the fact that there was an outage and even mentioned that Apple has still not acknowledged (publicly) that there was one. That's really as far as this can go... I think the difference is usually the Android issues are security related which is much easier to write about. Honestly, I think Phone Arena does a very good job of being unbiased (recently) between iOS and Android.

9. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

i dont think so dude... phonearena just gives us info about everything man... they cover negative and the positive.... there not being unbias at all... they report bad stuff about android and every other company that acts up...

10. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

its the users that down apple and android... its peoples personal opinion i just think u taking things a little personal....

25. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

okay.. show me one article when they criticized apple.. none right ? .. . PA never misses an opportunity to criticize android,google,samsung.. but on the other hand if there is any problem with apple they would try to find solutions to the problem instead.. . isnt it discrimination ???? ... PA would never admit that iphone has lost its top spot.. its android era now & samsung is the top smartphone maker.

21. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

now this is very true every time

11. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Maybe it's from the lack of power--dual core, 800 mhz with 512mb of ram

12. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

lol!!!!!! lmao!!!!!

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, the crisis is over. s**t happens. Nothing else to say, really. Who wants to bet how many posts it'll take for Taco to show up and cry about trolls?

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well Kindergarten is only half days usually so my guess is he'll be on around 1pm.

15. DRP14

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

OMG an Apple failure! I thought that was never supposed to happen according to some! That's only supposed to happen to Blackberry.

16. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

yay siri is working again !! im not stuck with an iphone 4 now whoowhooo!!

17. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

What an Apple product only comes out when it is perfect and ready. Sounds to me like antennagate all over again. NO iPhone will be sold before it's time. Really, this story would be normal for any new device...if it wasn't for the fanboys who cry foul about Android devices needing fixes after the first couple weeks of release and how it never happens to Apple because they don't rush devices before they are perfected.

18. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Thanks to apple there is always lot of fun and laugh with their single unique lonely model of their micro-catalog of phone Only one phone but so many many many bugs Thanks again for the pleasure to read that each year

19. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Lol @DROIDX0430 lack of power? 512mb ram + 800mhz is more than enough power for an iPhone to run smoothly. Android on the other hand...you want a droid to run smooth you might as well rip out computer parts and put em in the darn thing lol. 1.5ghz + 1gb ram phones still run slower than the iPhone. Just being real. ;)

20. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

LoL@drodriguezsd-buddy you are in denial...Ask Siri that question you just attempted to tell me--which I will never believe anyway you slice it.....look at the benchmarks--and you will see the results.

24. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

lol!!!!! ur comebacks are hilarious

22. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

SIRI is back and changes everything again.. lol

23. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

when would apple stop makin stupid things ????

26. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Apple's advertising of Siri is that of a full fledged service. There is no beta mention unless you go and purposefully look it up. It was already available on the iP4 before Apple decided to make it an iP4S exclusive. The beta rhetoric should be put to bed.

27. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

@DROIDX0430 I'm not sure what benchmark tests you're looking at, but perhaps you should check this article out. ----http://www.redmondpie.com/iphone-4s-cpu-clocked-at-800mhz-is-73-faster-than-iphone-4-twice-as-fast-as-galaxy-s-ii-and-all-other-android-phones/ So I'm looking at the results...and the iPhone is the fastest in comparison to several Android phones. Stop pulling whatever you can out your @#* because THIS RIGHT HERE IS FACT.

28. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Another thing, I find it hilarious how whenever there's a post related to iPhone/iPad all the Android fans come on the post leaving their hate comments. Yet, when a post is made about Android, it's MUCH MORE UNLIKELY for an iPhone user to say anything. It's because iPhone users are satisfied with their phone and don't feel the need to bash others. ;)

29. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

Siri is a woman... having some woman issues... what's the big deal.... right? xD

30. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah in order to make her more realistic they added a feature where two to three days a month no matter how many times you ask her to help you out she just gives you that look and says she's busy...

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