Currently Being ModeratedOct 17, 2011 10:58 AM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
Siri is down.
I was in my car, expecting to use the "Call person name, mobile" command and I could no longer do handsfree dialing.
Siri now apparently requires network connectivity to do basic voice commands.
This is going to cause atleast a few car crashes due to this loss of capability.
Apple really messed up here. It should revert back to the old voice control engine in the event that SIRI is down.
There is now increased possibility of car crashes due to this as you now have to look at your phone, unlock
it, navigate to the phone menu, find your contact by navigating through hundreds of contacts, and dial. That is more then a few seconds of not looking at the road. Those few seconds are precious in rush hour traffic where NOBODY maintains proper vehicle distances. In the past, you can call people without even taking your eyes of the road, just hold down the button on the phone and give it a voice command.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2011 9:41 AM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
I'm having a problem where if Siri gets confused (and eg suggests a web search), you can't voice dial again on bluetooth by pressing the bluetooth's headset button. (It beeps like it's listening, but nothing happens). You then have to manually press the Siri button on the phone screen to reset it, which is dangerous when driving. It happened on both my Jawbone Prime and Icon headsets. I tried this with the plug in OEM headphones and there is no problem. I think this must be a bug. Hopefully Apple resolves this quickly.
With regards to the Siri network constantly being down, the solution would be for the phone to automatically change to non-Siri voice commands when it can't connect. At least you could dial. I understand you can turn Siri off to get this, but again, this is too dangerous to do while driving. I agree wtih Matt; the way this was implemented could have been a lot better.
I'm using the Alpine iDA-X305s headunit with Bluetooth (305BT) and cannot send voice dial commands via my iPhone 4s when Siri is on. I'd really like to see a fix to this, or at the least have a shortcut (gesture?) that I could use to toggle Siri on and off.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 31, 2011 12:42 PM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
I have tested Siri with two bluetooth devices that worked well with voice control and siri doesnt' work with either device. I mean, it doesn't work at all: turn it on, speak, no response. Very disappointing. I have to turn siri off if I want to use voice activated dialing in the car.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 31, 2011 5:14 PM (in response to stuart from LFP)
I use my Honda's hands-free link as before. Sadly, no way to use the car's hardware to talk to Siri. Will probably take a couple years for Apple and the car makers to give us this.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2011 12:08 PM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
I am having the same problem. Siri does not recognize most of my commands thru my Lexus built in Bluetooth. She confuses most of what I say unless it is quiet. I need to be able to talk directly to the phone, but bluetooth kicks in and will not allow it. We need a button on the phone like we have with the phone calls to switch from bluetooth, to speaker to phone anytime we need it. I hope Apple fixes this.iPhone 4S
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2011 3:14 PM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
The quality with Siri and 2 different Bluetooth headsets is horrible. When I talk to Siri thru the Bluetooth it completely misunderstands what I am trying to do. Each Bluetooth works fine with calls etc.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 17, 2011 10:30 AM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
I have a problem where siri is painfully slow to start when connected to a bluetooth device. I have a Panasonic cordless phone that I use wiht my iphone at home. When it's connected, siri will take 20-60 seconds to start the first time you use it. Subsequently, it works normally for a while; maybe 20 min. This is driving me crazy since it destroys any speed advantage that siri has over manually typing stuff (unless you need to type a lot).
I finally read that if you have bluetooth connected, then siri will try to use that device first when it starts. This is why it sits around forever without letting you input anything. Turning off bluetooth makes it respond instantly, like when I'm away.
Is there a way to tell siri not to attempt to use a bluetooth device? Or maybe an easier way to disable bluetooth than in the settings?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
After reading the posts on here I was doubtful that a bluetooth headset would work very well with Siri and the Apple sales guys in the shop didn't know either. But I ended up buying the Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 from the Apple store in Cambridge and it works like a dream! You don't even have to press the home button on the iPhone.. pressing the call button once on the headset activates Siri, so the phone can stay in your pocket the whole time, and the voice recognition through the headset is even more accurate than just speaking normally into the phone. The down side is it was expensive - really expensive at £120 pounds, but this is what Siri was made for and it makes driving whilst chatting a **** of a lot safer.. I guess other cheaper headsets just don't sample the audio at a high enough rate for Siri to recognize it reliably. If you have a spare £120 knocking about, go for it!
I have the same problem with my Panasonic cordless phone at home slash home office. It does not occur with any other Bluetooth device, but is as exactly as slow as you described when connected to the Panasonic system. I'll be contacting them next but for now the only fix is to turn off Bluetooth or disconnect from the Panasonic.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 11:02 AM (in response to Elizabeth Clemons)
My Problem is that SIRI tells me that its not allowed to perform functions. The only thing that i have been able to get it to do is make phone calls, play music and take notes but if i ask it to open any apps it tells me that it is not allowed. It does this on bluetooth or just talking to the phone. But on the Apple website it says that it will do all of these things. I've checked all of the settings and cant find anything that would limit access or anything. Any ideas??