Siri on Apple Watch Series 3 appears to be a little picky when it comes to the type of questions it’ll answer, with reports emerging that suggest asking about the day’s weather will cause the smartwatch to crash.
On Reddit a handful of users noted that both LTE and non-LTE versions of Apple’s wearable will crash when asked about the weather for the current day.
“I noticed if I ask Siri on my watch “how is the weather for today” (or any similar variation), the text appears, and as it scrolls up (to show the response), it crashes and shows the Apple logo on the black background. Sometimes Siri doesn’t say anything, sometimes she starts saying “here’s the forecast for…” before being cut off,” explained an interestingly named poster Douche_Baguette.
“I’ve tried restarting the watch, and tried disconnecting from my phone (turned Bluetooth off to force it to use Siri over Wi-Fi on its own), no dice. Same result. If I ask Siri other things, like to tell me a joke, it works fine.”
Responding to the original post, other Apple Watch Series 3 users also noted they were having the same issues.
Speculation turned to the affect that the end of Daylight Saving Time in the US was having on Siri in the latest Apple Watch.
“It’s a bug related to the end of Daylight Saving Time. If I ask for the weather in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, it works. If I ask for the weather in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it crashes. Saskatchewan doesn’t observe DST. I think if a time change is set to occur within 24 hours in the city you’re asking about, it will crash,” responded Reddit user rgsteele.
Rather than being attributed to a fault in the Apple Watch Series 3, the crashes would appear to have been either an issue in watchOS or a server side problem with Siri due to the time changes; Apple has kept quiet so far about any problems.
Changes in time have caused problems for Apple and other tech companies in the past, with devices either crashing or behaving erratically, so working theories on Siri being confused with Daylight Saving Time changes aren’t too far-fetched.
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