Woman behind the voice of Siri revealed

Siri voice revealed - Technocratvilla.com

For the past two years, she's been a pocket and purse accessoryto millions of iPhone users worldwide. She provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, and been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she's wearing.

She is Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual "assistant" introduced to the masses with theiPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.

But did you ever think that the voice behind Siri was a real woman?

Apple has never identified her, all signs indicate that the original voice of Siri in the United States is a voiceover actor who laid down recordings for a client eight years ago. She had no idea she'd someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone.

Woman behind Susan Bennett - Technocratvilla.com
Her name is Susan Bennett and she lives in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Bennett made the revelation to CNN, eight years after lending her voice to a 2005 project for ScanSoft,  which eventually acquired Nuance, the company that powers Siri. When Siri was released on the iPhone 4S in 2011, it was friends who recognized her voice and filled her in.

Nuance and Apple declined to comment on Bennett's revelation to CNN, but the cable channel hired an audio forensics expert to compare her voice to the voice answering queries on iPads and iPhones around the globe. "They are identical - a 100 percent match," the expert told CNN.

"I began my career as a machine many years ago," Bennett told the network. "I'm sure that you hear my voice at some point every day."

New Siri voice in iOS 7 - Technocratvilla.com

With iOS 7, users now have the option to select a male version of Siri, so Bennett's voice might not be as omnipresent as it once was. Her voice does not power Siri around the globe; in Nov. 2011, the voice of Siri in the U.K. was revealed, while the Australian Siri stepped forward earlier this year.

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