UPDATE: Siri appears to be working again for us, as of 5 p.m. ET. Let us know if you’re still having difficulties.
If you notice someone barking orders to their iPhone then giving it a puzzled expression, it could be because Siri isn’t working.
The voice-based intelligent assistant, baked into the iPhone 4S, needs to connect to external servers to perform any of its tasks. For many users Thursday, there’s been only one response to any query: “I’m sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network.”
We’ve reached out to Apple for confirmation, but the service appears to have been down since at least 12:30 p.m. ET. That’s when users started posting to this MacRumors forum, complaining of being unable to access the service.
As most of us iPhone 4S owners know, Siri will occasionally have trouble accessing the network — but the problem tends to go away in a matter of minutes. An outage of three hours or more suggests some serious problems with Apple’s servers. We’ll keep monitoring the Siri situation. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you’re having problems too.