Buyers of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S this week said the Siri voice command assistant held intermittent functionality Thurs. with users unable to access the feature nationwide.

In the error, users who activate the Siri function will receive a message that states, “Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network.”

Siri, which offers voice command assistance from calls to stock information, must connect with a server at Apple to subsequently provide an answer.

Apple in Oct. disclaimed the feature was in beta, however it is the most prominent feature in marketing materials for the iPhone 4S.

The follows reports of lower-than-expected battery life for the iPhone 4S.

Apple this week said it will release a software update to the iPhone 4S fix a battery life issue for select owners.

The company in Oct. said it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units at launch in the first three days of sale to set a new sales record for the device.

The iPhone 4S began sale at brick and mortar retail stores Oct. and is now sold in more than 22 countries.

The iPhone 4S includes the A5 Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera, 1080p HD video recording functionality, iOS 5, and a new voice command protocol called Suri.

The iPhone utilizes the iOS operating system used in iPod Touch and iPad 2 products.

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