Three days after the launch of the iPhone 4S, some users are still running into problems gettings its Siri voice assistant feature to work.
Numerous users on Twitter continue to report that the feature is experiencing connection errors when commands are issued. As before, affected users are saying that the problems are occurring even while they're connected to Wi-Fi, or have 3G coverage, suggesting the issue may lie on Apple's end.
Siri is an iPhone 4S exclusive feature, giving users the capability to talk into their phone to do things like check the weather, set alarms, and search the Web. The feature requires the use of a Wi-Fi or 3G network since it taps into Apple's servers to process and return the commands as soon as they're issued.
The service began experiencing problems on launch day last Friday, with users saying the feature could not connect. Tests on CNET's own iPhone 4S unit could not reproduce the problem, however CNET readers noted in comments on our original story that they too were having issues. Additionally, a now 10-page Apple support forum thread has users experiencing hiccups throughout the weekend.
So far Apple has been silent about any Siri issues. A company spokeswoman could not provide information about an outage on Friday and did not immediately respond to a follow up this morning. We'll update this post if we know more.
At least one theory behind the issues is that Apple's servers have simply been swamped by new iPhone owners hammering the service with requests. Apple this morning announced that it had sold more than 4 million new iPhones on its launch weekend. The product will be launched in 22 additional countries by the end of this month and 70 total by the end of the year.
Are you experiencing issues getting Siri to connect? Or were you earlier this weekend, and now running into fewer errors? Let us know in the comments.