Siri no longer asking to reply after reading text message

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by njchris, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. njchris macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2007
    I've tested this with three different people.

    When connected to bluetooth or headphones, and asking siri to read messages, she would always ask if you wanted to reply (and a couple other options). This was convenient when in the car or if the phone is in my pocket while walking as I did not need to look or touch the phone again after the initial contact. I could receive and reply to a message with only activating it once.

    In the past week I've noticed strange behavior when reading a message. A few times she said "that is all" after reading them. Now she says nothing and does not ask what I want to do after reading.

    Has anyone else noticed this or know about why this change happened?
  2. jollyreaper macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
    Same issue here. Came on to research it. Puzzled!
  3. TDolan macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2013
    Robbinsdale, MN
    Same here. I just noticed it a few days ago. Siri will read back messages through bluetooth headset but will not offer to reply to the message.
  4. jollyreaper macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
    I see lots of people encountering the problem with no answers.

    I knew that they could tweak some Siri stuff without an update but didn't know they could change this functionality. Really annoying. I tend to use voice texting in a hands free situation, driving or riding or walking. The whole point is a hands free experience.

    It just works! Lol j/k
  5. fordman03 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2013
    Same problem

    I just started having this problem this morning. I use Siri for everything but texting especially because like everyone said it's hands free, but I no longer get the prompt to re read or reply, it just stops and then I have to hold the home button and say "reply" in order for it to reply. I have disabled siri, and re enabled it, and of course that didn't work. So is this an update of some sort?
  6. jollyreaper macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
    Looks like another fantastic apple disimprovement. Still no official word on the change. Looks like they broke it on purpose and it won't go back. Remember how apple maps was going to be improved, just give it time? They improved it by letting google put maps in the App Store.
  7. Superdrive macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I have also noticed a difference in the voice dialing. When Siri replies, there is no pause, instead of "John Smith, iPhone," she replies "John SmithiPhone."

    She's taken a step back in my opinion.
  8. jsfpa macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2003
  9. alexrmc92 macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    Siri doesn't actually "live" in our phones. She's run on a big server cluster in one of apple's data centers. When you open Siri on your phone your phone simply records your voice, compresses it into a smaller file, and sends it to the Siri server cluster.

    The server itself decompresses your voice recording, analyzes what you said, and then sends a message to your phone instructing it on what to do and what to say back to you.

    This is why Siri does not work if you turn off all of your data sources.

    From what i gather, Siri was changed a lot in iOS 7 and may not be running on the same server cluster anymore. If apple has been changing things to suit iOS 7 then i would not be surprised if iOS6 users were having issues.

    They changed Siri's voice in iOS 7, her newer voice is a bit younger and more concise. This might be why it sounds strange on iOS 6
  10. jollyreaper macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
    Your explanation is probably accurate but underlines how poorly apple is handling things. If this is the case, they are breaking quality of service for prior customers because we are running older phones. Upgrade or go die in a fire. That's what's being said.

    There's no sound reason why they couldn't have conditional behavior for different handsets so it probably means that it's just cheaper to do it this way.

    I'm making a lot of suppositions right now but, seeing as apple won't comment, that's all I have to go on.
  11. jollyreaper macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
    Still researching. No further answers. Guess we have to live with it.
  12. zibberfitchy macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    I'm having the same problem, too. It's annoying. I've been a loyal Apple fan and owner for many years. I hate to admit it but it does seem like the quality control of Apple software has been suffering.
  13. Neebee macrumors 6502a

    i hate siri. not only does it suck data like a sponge. it's unhelpful and annoying at best. apple is probably limiting it's use because of all the issues they have with it.


    It's the trend now. Very poor or no support from other device manufacturers on older models. Take Samsung for example. Ever tried to get them to resolve an issue with a device that no longer can be updated with the latest OS version?
  14. Lankysean macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2008
    I've been having this problem as well, it seems to be an issue with iOS6 and lower. I have the beta for iOS7 on my iPad and that still asks me if I would like to reply.
  15. lummox macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    Same issue here

    Just wanted to add my name to the list of people having this issue. I drive around 3 hours a day. The old functionality was perfect for my situation. Bummer.
  16. blueCsoftware macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2013

    I also have noticed the change in Siri responses since the middle of August some time. Primarily two things

    - first, the lack of saying "you can reply or read it again" after a text message WORKAROUND: you can activate Siri and just say "REPLY"

    - second, when searching for any music, after finding item or group, Siri now says "Playing (Artist Name) SHUFFLED." You can manually turn off shuffle as much as you like, but when doing voice search it ALWAYS comes back shuffled.
  17. TDolan macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2013
    Robbinsdale, MN
    This started working again for me yesterday and it still works as of this morning. Siri read a message over blue tooth and then asked if I wanted to reply and I was able to reply to the message with no issues.
  18. jollyreaper macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
    Smart TV's are the worst. Girlfriend has a very nice new Samsung 50". I was quite impressed. My TV is six years old and not smart, though it does have a mac mini as a brain transplant.

    The TV's screen is a wonder to behold. The smarts? Ugh. Slow, unresponsive, crashes a bunch. Constantly need to reboot the television. Reboot a TV? Thank you, technology.
  19. Cafesitter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2011
    Appointments too!

    I used to ask while driving to work "whats my schedule today" and she would run down all appointments. Now it just brings up a screen - useless in the car. Apple please fix it!;)
  20. Truthhurtss macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    These changes happened to me starting this morning. When I first made the update there were no problems like this. I hate using Siri and I hate my iPhone now. It is no longer a hands-free device. Any time that I have to do something on it I have to look at the screen. I can no longer use this while driving to work. The whole purpose of me getting a phone with voice activation features was for me to talk to it and not have to look at it. I will no longer ever get an iPhone ever again! If I could I would even return this one. Okay, rant over… For now :)

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