Apple’s latest beta of iOS 15.4 includes a fifth ‘American’ voice for its Siri voice assistant.
With the next iOS update, Apple will add a fifth voice to Siri’s repertoire that is explicitly neither male nor female.
Voices 1 and 3 are male voices with a low pitch, while Voices 2 and 4 are female voices with a higher pitch. Meanwhile, the new Voice 5 is neither male nor female.
Apple’s user interface simply refers to it as “Voice 5,” but iOS developer Steve Moser claims that the new voice is referred to as “Quinn” in the filename.
The non-gendered voice is given the name “Quinn” in the files, which serves as a gender-neutral moniker as well as a nod to its status as Siri’s fifth voice.
Following the addition of two new options recorded by Black voice actors last year, the voice assistant appears to be pursuing a more diverse library of voices.
Siri also stopped defaulting to the woman’s voice at that point. Apple stated that the Quinn voice was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but did not specify who did the performance.
We’re excited to introduce a new Siri voice for English speakers, giving users more options to choose a voice that speaks to them. Millions of people around the world rely on Siri every day to help get things done, so we work to make the experience feel as personalized as possible.— Apple
How to change Siri’s voice and accent
To change your smart assistant’s voice or accent, do the following:
- Open the Settings menu.
- Select ‘Siri & Search.’
- Select ‘Siri Voice.’
- Select American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish, or South African in the ‘Variety’ section.
- Tap through the options in the ‘Voice’ section to find your favorite.
The new features in iOS 15.4 build on the voice assistant’s major updates in iOS 15. This includes allowing Siri to process speech locally instead of sending data to the cloud.
In addition, the voice assistant improved its speech recognition and understanding by learning new topics, words, and contact names. Because of the AI’s improved context awareness, it will be able to determine who or what is being asked about based on what is displayed on the screen.
While no new voices in other languages have been mentioned, Siri’s linguistic ability has been expanded to include nine regional languages, and the neural text-to-speech feature on the devices has been expanded to include Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish.
While Apple has remained tight-lipped about the release date for iOS 15.4, rumors suggest that it will be available to the general public next month.