Nov. 3, 2011 at 4:53 PM ET
The new best friend of iPhone 4S owners, Siri the voice-activated artificially intelligent assistant, appeared to be having server troubles Thursday afternoon. We checked a number of phones in the office, of both Verizon and AT&T varieties, and successful connections were few and far between.
Wired's Gadget Lab, among others, reported the possible outage. It wouldn't be the first time it was difficult to reach Siri. During the days after the 4S launched, when presumably all of the early adopters were showing off their new virtual girlfriend, Siri was somewhat sluggish.
We asked Apple for comment, and will report if we hear anything. While we expect the servers to be back online shortly, this highlights the downside of a system that requires cloud-based servers to function, not just for searching the Internet, but even for manipulating things on the phone itself, like alarms and messaging.
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