It would appear that Siri is down. We’ve tested five iPhone 4S models, all of which are running iOS 5.1. One of the iPhones in the TechCrunch office is running iOS 6, and Siri seems to be working fine on the newer OS.
Twitter confirms, and there are some pretty funny tweets coming out of this very serious crisis.
To be fair, Siri doesn’t work that well anyway, even when she’s not down. There’s a lot of confusion when using unusual names, and without WiFi there’s a pretty good chance you won’t get an answer at all. Perhaps, iOS 6 will fix that.
For the moment, she doesn’t seem able to even transcribe requests. She simply responds with “I’m sorry, I’m having a bit of trouble with that” or “Uh oh, there’s a problem. Can you try again?”
She won’t even search the web.
It’s unclear why this problem has occurred, but according to the various languages in which people are complaining on Twitter, it isn’t contained to a certain geographical location. As it sits right now, Siri is even less useful than she usually is.
We’ve reached out to Apple and we’ll update as soon as we know more.
I hate when Siri starts acting stupid
— DesireeDawson (@SunnyDBeauty) September 7, 2012