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“We’re excited to introduce two new Siri voices for English speakers and the option for Siri users to select the voice they want when they set up their device,” Apple said in a statement provided to CNET in March. “This is a continuation of Apple’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and products and services that are designed to better reflect the diversity of the world we live in.”
The new voice options were first unveiled by Apple in March in the iOS 14.5 developer and public beta. There are four American voices, two male and two female, of which one male voice and one female voice are new. As in iOS 14, you’ll also find one male and one female voice each for the following regions: Australia, Britain, India, Ireland and South Africa.
Siri’s new voices are generated through Apple’s neural text-to-speech engine, which makes them sound more natural. While the original voice of Siri was created with a voice actor and then spliced together with machine learning models, the later voices are completely created by software, so they sound smoother.
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Stay up-to-date on the latest news, reviews and advice on iPhones, iPads, Macs, services and software. Instead of a default female voice, iOS 14.5 gives you four different Siri voices to choose from when you set up a new device.
Apple’s new iPhone operating system iOS 14.5, now available for free download (though we recommend waiting a few days before downloading), brings several updated features to the Siri digital assistant, including new, more naturalistic voice options. Siri no longer has a default female voice when you set up a new Apple device — instead, you’ll be asked to choose from four voice options. If you aren’t buying a new iPhone anytime soon, you can still find the voice options under Settings and pick a new one if you like once you update your current device to iOS 14.5. Now playing:Watch this: What’s new in iOS 14.5?