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Changing Network Connections Silence Apple's Siri

By - Source: Heise.de | B 14 comments

Following Mapplegate, Apple could be dealing with Sirigate.

A German publication claims that flaws in iOS cause Siri the virtual assistant to occasionally not respond.

Heise.de reports that Siri may not work if a user changes the type of network connection. Switching from Wi-Fi to 3G/4G or switching between LTE and 3G allowed the staff to reproduce errors and prompt the feature to hang. According to Heise, both iOS5 and iOS6 are affected, and Siri is the only feature on the iPhone that becomes unresponsive when the network connection is changed. Only a reboot of the iPhone can bring Siri back to life.

Apple did not comment on the report and did not confirm that there may be a problem that impacts the functionality of Siri.

 

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    wcnighthawk , October 8, 2012 3:17 PM
    Bug? It's a feature. Much like holding your phone wrong when making a call or taking a picture now, it just let's you know you are using the wrong network :) 
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    boyabunda , October 8, 2012 3:17 PM
    You're holding it wrong!
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    boyabunda , October 8, 2012 3:17 PM
    You're holding it wrong!
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    wcnighthawk , October 8, 2012 3:17 PM
    Bug? It's a feature. Much like holding your phone wrong when making a call or taking a picture now, it just let's you know you are using the wrong network :) 
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    tethoma , October 8, 2012 3:23 PM
    Siri is super buggy and I never depend on it. When you connected to wifi it works great, in the car, it lags and doesn't work correctly.
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    mayne92 , October 8, 2012 3:26 PM
    Apple's products are products of excellence - there are no such things as bugs. If anything it is a feature that all should embrace.
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    techcurious , October 8, 2012 3:27 PM
    This bug exists on iOS5 and is only now being discovered? That's odd..
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    bllue , October 8, 2012 3:43 PM
    We need more of these type of news everyday instead of the usual
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    bllue , October 8, 2012 3:45 PM
    type of Apple news*
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    ddpruitt , October 8, 2012 3:46 PM
    Odd, they make it sound like a bad thing.

    I've had a number of people try to show me how great siri is, they asked different questions but all got the same result. "That service is not available at this time"
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    mayne92 , October 8, 2012 3:47 PM
    tethomaSiri is super buggy and I never depend on it. When you connected to wifi it works great, in the car, it lags and doesn't work correctly.


    IMO, I have used both Siri and those mimickers on Android and IMO neither is superior to the other.
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    ashesofempires04 , October 8, 2012 3:55 PM
    Siri isn't the only thing that wigs out when I switch between networks. Any time i move between 3G and Wi-Fi I have to put my phone in and out of airplane mode to reconnect or else nothing works. It even kills my ability to send a text. It's been happening for over a year now, and whenever I tried to have my phone looked at under the terms of my warranty, I was told I would have to buy an applecare plan. My next phone is going to be a Windows Phone.
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    tntom , October 8, 2012 3:58 PM
    Atleast this is fixable. The purple lens flare on iPhone 5 camera is only fixable by avoiding weak to strong light sources in your frame. All these things will get better. I fear the day these things become commodity items and manufactures just start cutting corners.
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    santfu , October 8, 2012 4:05 PM
    mayne92IMO, I have used both Siri and those mimickers on Android and IMO neither is superior to the other.


    You make it sound like Siri was developed by Apple. Siri was going to be a multi-platform service until Apple bought it.
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    cookoy , October 8, 2012 5:12 PM
    The girl just gets jealous if you keep changing types and then she'll give you the silent treatment.
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    Antimatter79 , October 8, 2012 8:27 PM
    ashesofempires04Siri isn't the only thing that wigs out when I switch between networks. Any time i move between 3G and Wi-Fi I have to put my phone in and out of airplane mode to reconnect or else nothing works. It even kills my ability to send a text. It's been happening for over a year now, and whenever I tried to have my phone looked at under the terms of my warranty, I was told I would have to buy an applecare plan. My next phone is going to be a Windows Phone.



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