If you have an iPhone 4S, try this. Ask Siri when Daylight Savings Time starts.

At least on my phone, she replies, “Daylight savings time starts on March 7, 2012. Set your clocks forward one hour.”

That’s weird, because March 7 it’s a Wednesday. Daylight Savings Time starts on March 11, this coming Sunday.

Hmm. Apple’s next big announcement is on March 7. Are the company’s powers greater than we ever imagined?

The Unofficial Apple Weblog also posts about this and assures us that Siri probably doesn’t control the iPhone’s clock, which means we shouldn’t worry about her mistake triggering an apocalyptic iPhone meltdown.

At least we hope not.

Thanks to GeekWire reader Steve for pointing this out.

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  • Guest

    Todd, you’re not using iPhone 4S properly.

    You asked when “Daylight Savings Time” starts in 2012. There is no such observance in the United States. The correct name is “daylight saving time.” Siri did the best she could with this mangled query, but ultimately it is the user who is to blame for this mistake.

    I don’t own iPhone 4S, so I used Apple’s alternate Siri access point, 1-866-ASK-SIRI. The woman who answered was able to correctly identify when daylight saving time is to begin for the United States this year.

    • Guest

      Actually, you are the one that is wrong. Whether you say “daylight savings” or “daylight saving”, siri still interprets the input as “daylight savings”.

      • Guest

        Again, not to belabour the point, but Siri can only do so much with the input she is given.

        We suggest the following tips to improve Siri’s recognition:

        1. Avoid background noise. Speak to Siri in a room devoid of other sounds. Do not have music playing, for example. We likewise do not recommend using Siri in a vehicle unless it is running on electric power with the heating, air conditioning, and audio systems disengaged and with all windows shut.

        2. Speak clearly and unambiguously. Avoid colloquialisms and accents. When in doubt, speak as the late Steve Jobs would have spoken.

        3. Use few words. Siri can only handle one question at a time, so be straightforward with her. You’ll be able to ask a clarifying question later if Siri so permits.

        • Marcus

          Not to belabour the point, but none of these things matter. Siri answers the question in question incorrectly. Period.

          • Guest

            Siri does not answer questions “incorrectly.” Some iPhone 4S owners simply do not use Siri correctly.

            Remember when iPhone 4’s reputation suffered because a few careless customers didn’t hold it properly? Let’s not let iPhone 4S be besmirched by another customer error.

          • Marcus

            Sorry, I don’t understand “blah blah blah”. Would you like to search the web for “blah blah blah”?

          • http://picture-of-the-day.com Dave

            Guest: I enjoyed your joke, even if Marcus never quite got there.

          • MArCus

            Sir Dave, did you not also like my joke? That hurts me. 

          • Guest

            What joke?

          • Charlie

            Guest: you are Siri, aren’t you?

          • Guest

            No. Siri is intelligent.

          • guest

            so you know, siri will repeat the question in written form. siri answered incorrectly. period exclamation heart. for your next queery sir, please use commands “enter : ### ” ouch

    • IPhoneuser

      @Guest: It doesn’t matter how you ask the question on the iPhone 4s.  Siri gives the same answer for “daylight saving time” and “daylight savings time” (with and without the added clarifier “in the united states”.    Questions were asked of Siri in a quiet room, on both speakerphone mode, and handset mode.  Have any more irrelevant commentary?

      • Guest

        I spoke to Apple’s customer service department about the issue. They assured me that daylight saving time starts next Sunday morning and that I’m using Siri incorrectly.

  • Concerned citizen

    Just ran into my first peeve with Siri bigger than a mangled phrase.

    Try texting a friend who has ios5. Normally, this is free, via iMessage. Siri somehow sends it via text message, costing $0.20.

    Thanks, Siri.

    • Guest

      You bought a phone which, with the attendant 2-year contract, costs more than $1,600. Twenty cents is a fair price to pay for using Siri.

  • Fonz

    Any one else notice that this other guest person is a total robot? Or just jaded?….. please hop off the iPILLS…. its a tool w/flaws, nothings perfect.

  • Anonymous

    I think guest is having some fun with you guys.  In general, if Siri gives you a wrong answer, you are CLEARLY not using it correctly.  I see a Samsung commercial in the future…

  • GGgg

    It’s because there’s no such thing as daylight savingS time. What a non-article.

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