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Old Nov 28, 2011, 12:46 AM   #1
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Siri "can't help me right now"

randomly today, Siri has started to tell me she "Can't help me right now, please try again later..."

Anyone else having this issue? Siri has worked fine for me before with only minor issues due to my light accent.

Now as soon as I hold down the button I get that notice from siri... Any thoughts?
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:37 AM   #2
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Same thing here, I guess they are having technical difficulties.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 05:05 AM   #3
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Siri hasn't worked for me for the past hour... Apple might be doing backend stuff?
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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Yup same here, sms dictation just sits there with the 3 purple dots then goes away.

It happens, they'll have her back up soon enough. Not the end of the world.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 08:27 AM   #5
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Siri doesn't understand me almost 90% of the time (I have spent time patiently training it by adding phonetic pronunciations to hard-to-understand names in my contacts, to no avail) and half the rest of the time the servers are down. (I was born and raised in the midwest and have no accent either, FWIW.)

Hell, the two year old Google voice search on my OG Motorola Droid works better than Siri does.

Siri is one of the biggest failures in the history of Apple.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 08:42 AM   #6
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I'm guessing Apple sold a few million more iPhone 4s in the last few days, and that's increasing the server load. Hopefully Apple will increase their capacity shortly.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 08:54 AM   #7
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This Has Been

Posted elsewhere too...Seems that siri was out in the UK today too. Seems to be working now though.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 08:58 AM   #8
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Was random.

My 5 year old daughter asked my phone how many days it was till christmas last night. She got same message.

For the amount of times I use Siri though, it's had network issues not even 1% of the time.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 07:25 PM   #9
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Same here. I had the random outage starting from last night. Pretty much all throughout today, I experienced spotty delays. Coming to think of it, I think Siri ran into more delays and lags this past weekend than ever before. I wonder if people were demonstrating Siri to the family over their holiday dinner
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 09:58 PM   #10
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Been like that all day for me...which is really annoying because I use it A LOT!
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 10:56 PM   #11
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I just got my iPhone 4S today and Siri was working fine about 4 hours ago. Now I just keep getting technical difficulties :/ How am i gonna show off my new iPhone tomorrow?! haha
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 11:15 PM   #12
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I got my iPhone 4S on Saturday, came to my mom's Sunday night to show it off to her, my brother, and his girlfriend (who are all up for upgrades) and Siri would not work at all.

I think they decided to stick with Android.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 11:21 PM   #13
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Hasn't work for me for the last four hours. Could've been longer since I haven't tried to use it before four hours ago.

It's a bit annoying that dictation doesn't work without connecting to the servers.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 12:27 AM   #14
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Yeah, even though she is apologetic, I'm not exactly happy. Hopefully it'll be fixed soon enough.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 12:28 AM   #15
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now it just doesn't work... Period

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Old Nov 29, 2011, 12:48 AM   #16
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Wow, that is quite bad.

It has a hard time understanding Calendar input, too. For example: "Set the alert time for 30 minutes before for my 4PM appointment" results in the appointment being 30 minutes long, instead of the alert time.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 12:52 AM   #17
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Hah yeah...Siri's been playing the dumb card on me recently too
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 12:59 AM   #18
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Maybe something wrong with the Siri service.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 04:06 AM   #19
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At least your getting location based services (albeit incorrect) no such luck in the UK.
Along with down-time and many incorrect responses, i'm bitterly dissapointed with Siri.
If she was an employee she would be sacked.......lol
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Still not working here. I'm getting pissed!
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FWIW, I've noticed it will not work on my mom's Yahoo DSL Wi-Fi but will work if I switch to Sprint's network.
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Siri doesn't understand me almost 90% of the time (I have spent time patiently training it by adding phonetic pronunciations to hard-to-understand names in my contacts, to no avail) and half the rest of the time the servers are down. (I was born and raised in the midwest and have no accent either, FWIW.)

Hell, the two year old Google voice search on my OG Motorola Droid works better than Siri does.

Siri is one of the biggest failures in the history of Apple.
Respectfully I disagree. Siri was rushed to market by Apple so they had something to brag about, in lieu of having the iPhone 5 ready.

Therefore it's going to take Apple a year or so to get Siri operating properly. In the mean time it served it's purpose as a distraction while Apple feverishly works to catch up in the smartphone space.
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Respectfully I disagree. Siri was rushed to market by Apple so they had something to brag about, in lieu of having the iPhone 5 ready.

Therefore it's going to take Apple a year or so to get Siri operating properly. In the mean time it served it's purpose as a distraction while Apple feverishly works to catch up in the smartphone space.
X 2. There really wasn't much to differentiate the Iphone 4 from the iPhone 4S. Siri was a great marketing ploy (and a "good" beta for voice controls).

Google had one on my android phones for over a year, but it never really worked the way Siri is. I could dictate text messages, and make phone calls.... but it didn't use that wolfram alpha logic to answer any questions.
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Old Nov 30, 2011, 04:43 AM   #24
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It is working great at this time! I said open the pod bay door. siri said im sorry im afraid i cant do that. are you happy now? I said im said open the pod bay door. Siri said oh not again. I repeated open the pod bay door. Siri said that he has to report me to the intelligent agency for harrassment.
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