Siri, are you experiencing an outage?

Numerous outlets are reporting that Apple's Siri service is suffering its first major outage. Right now, it's not clear what caused the outage, or whether it was Apple's fault, or the networks. Users in countries outside the US didn't report any problems.

Problems were first reported on Twitter at about 12 PM PT, with users saying that the voice based software was responding to questions by saying, "I'm really sorry about this, but I can't take any requests right now. Please try again in a little while." The blog iSmashPhone first broke the news.

Some outlets are reporting that, as of 1:40 PM PT, service has been restored. Siri experienced its first outage shortly after Apple launched the service on October 14th, along with the iPhone 4S. It originally existed as an independent company until it was acquired by Apple in April of 2010.

The service allows users to pose questions and perform tasks using only their voice, getting its results through built in features and by crawling the web, and quickly became somewhat of a meme, with users increasingly asking Siri strange questions.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

AMD to lay off 1,400 workers, blames PC industry slowdown [Update: Senior Execs too]

Next Story

Rainbow Six Patriots announced for 2013 release

47 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Siri give me the directions to the middle of nowhere.
*goes to the middle of nowhere*
Siri how do I get out of the middle of nowhere?
Siri - Service Unavailable
......

Are you Siri-ous!!!! I mean we didn't expect a half-baked, rush to market, device, that was made to rush to play catch up with everyone else, with a half-baked gimmick, that is still being shown heavily in commercials.

LaP said,
The apple hate is really starting to get old here.
Its not hate, its love. You just choose to see it as hate. You dont give attention to things u hate. Well at least I don't.

I am sure if this was Android, you would be all over it with your hate. Please hush! Adults are talking now.

NyaR said,
Oh yeah, this is definitely going to replace Google. FFS apple cult needs to stfu.

Ya, they are almost as bad as the petulant attitude and pure ignorance of the Android fans...

Apple sucks, but sadly, Google sucks more...
(Google also sells how they made you watch them suck to companies and governments.)

What are you talking about? You are bringing up political and privacy issues in a discussion on uptime. I've not seen Google go down one time, and in reference to this discussion that makes it NOT suck.

thenetavenger said,

Ya, they are almost as bad as the petulant attitude and pure ignorance of the Android fans...

Apple sucks, but sadly, Google sucks more...
(Google also sells how they made you watch them suck to companies and governments.)

trollonknoll said,

Ah, you are right, Google went down one time for some users in 2009, after 11 years of uptime.

Gmail is email, not search, so its not relevant unless we throw in @mac.com emails in the mix which are handled by a division not related to Siri or Iphone.

Nice try.

Things go down. Google's had major outages. Microsoft's had some serious ones. Apple's had a pretty bad history, but this is the first significant outage since their move to iCloud and to new data centres.

Honestly, it's not that big of a deal. Siri is a convenience feature - it's not like when an e-mail service goes down and you actually lose access to something you might need, it's just something that can get you there more quickly.

The way some people treat these things just gets to me. Do I have to make a big deal when Google has an outage to make my point?

I seriously hope I don't, because I won't.

Yep Simon. Couple of years ago Xbox live was down for half a week right in the middle of Christmas holiday.

thenetavenger said,

Ya, they are almost as bad as the petulant attitude and pure ignorance of the Android fans...

Apple sucks, but sadly, Google sucks more...
(Google also sells how they made you watch them suck to companies and governments.)

Coming from someopne who think everything not made by Microsoft **** ...

Maybe if you would put some water in your wine people like me could take what you write more seriously.

NyaR said,

Ah, you are right, Google went down one time for some users in 2009, after 11 years of uptime.

Gmail is email, not search, so its not relevant unless we throw in @mac.com emails in the mix which are handled by a division not related to Siri or Iphone.

Nice try.

Last one was about Google search down time. You ignored that conveniently.

shockz said,
Bet it's apple trying to update things to block non 4s users.

Probably, when they cannot steal ideas from other companies enough to make a decent upgrade they cut off new software features from previous models.

Gaffney said,

Probably, when they cannot steal ideas from other companies enough to make a decent upgrade they cut off new software features from previous models.

You mean like WP7 cut off Windows Mobile users ?

alexalex said,
Isn't Siri running on Microsoft's and Amazon's cloud servers ? Blame Apple for relying on their flimsy cloud service.

http://venturebeat.com/2011/09/03/icloud-azure-amazon/

I run my company's web sites on both AWS and Azure. My web sites are still running perfectly. Other apps, services running on those cloud systems are running fine. Of course, this is from alexalex, so proof that it is the fault of MS/Amazon is not needed, they are obviously the root cause of all problems.

nohone said,

I run my company's web sites on both AWS and Azure. My web sites are still running perfectly. Other apps, services running on those cloud systems are running fine. Of course, this is from alexalex, so proof that it is the fault of MS/Amazon is not needed, they are obviously the root cause of all problems.

Yeah, no problems here with any of my MS cloud services.

alexalex said,
Isn't Siri running on Microsoft's and Amazon's cloud servers ? Blame Apple for relying on their flimsy cloud service.

http://venturebeat.com/2011/09/03/icloud-azure-amazon/


When I think of this, this is an hilarious move of Apple: leaking the info that they use Azure (if they do it or not), and if anything goes wrong, everybody will blame MS. If all works fine, everybody goes: Nah, they are not using it

JTaylor69 said,
This is a 'sirius' problem! ;-)

Sirius rado will be in contact with you about that trademark infringement j/k

PmRd said,
Maybe if they spent less time programming jokes it would be working

Easen up dude, I find it refreshing to see such a system go beyond "get your stuff done!"-mad-mom manners.

If you don't don't ask Siri.

Also: It doesn't take too much time integrating those joke lines, I bet.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Easen up dude, I find it refreshing to see such a system go beyond "get your stuff done!"-mad-mom manners.

If you don't don't ask Siri.

Also: It doesn't take too much time integrating those joke lines, I bet.

GS:mac

the jokes are ok .. but kind of useless spending time on them if the system does not work..