iPhone 4S Owners Ask: Where Did You Go, Siri?

Some owners of Apple’s new iPhone 4S are having problems connecting to Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant. Exclusive to the new iPhone, the voice recognition software allows users to place phone calls, check the weather, order car services or even find out the location of the nearest Thai restaurant.

But for many people, the assistant is taking some unapproved time off. ”Siri hasn’t shown up for work today. #c’monapple,” tweeted Rusty Anderson.

Some users started having problems on Friday, the day the iPhone 4S went on sale, according to CNet, with many saying that the app was not connecting to process voice commands. The software requires the use of a Wi-Fi or 3G network to access the Apple servers that power the app’s answers.

A thread on Apple.com entitled “Siri is not working AT ALL on new iPhone 4S. Anyone else having trouble?” has over 9500 views and 140 replies.

CNet reported that one theory for the software’s failure could be that Apple’s servers are simply too swamped. Over four million new iPhones have been sold since its launch last week.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.