There are already four English with American accent voices for Siri, but Apple will add a fifth in iOS 15.4. The new voice is said to offer a gender-neutral option for the first time, like reported by Axios.
The voice is labeled “Voice 5” in the settings window in the current beta, although developer Steve Moser noted on Twitter that the voice under the hood is called “Quinn”. Apple confirmed to Axios that the voice was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Moser also tweeted an example of what the new voice sounds like:
For most of the time since Siri first became a core iPhone feature in 2011, a female voice has been the default. That changed last year when Apple changed the iPhone setup to prompt the user to select a male or female voice when the iPhone first started up, without a default choice being selected.
Apple sent Axios the following statement about the new voice added in the iOS 15.4 beta:
We’re excited to introduce a new Siri voice for English speakers that gives users more options to choose a voice to speak to them. Millions of people around the world rely on Siri to get things done every day, so we’re working to make the experience feel as personal as possible.
Apple also added the third and fourth US English Siri voices last year – female and male voices intended to represent the language spoken by African Americans.
In addition to these five US English voices, Apple offers Siri voices in numerous other languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese , Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. There are also several regional or accented variations within these languages, such as B. Chilean, Mexican, Spanish and US variants of Spanish.
Other changes coming in iOS 15.4 include the ability to use Face ID while wearing a face mask, dual sim 5G support, the ability to set a preferred music streaming service, and more.
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