Apple Adds Two New Siri Voices to iOS (and It No Longer Defaults to Female)

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Are you tired of Apple’s default voice for Siri on iOS? Then we’ve got some good news for you – Apple recently added two new Siri voices in its latest beta version of iOS. It also removed the female voice as the default, prompting you to choose your preferred voice during setup.

Apple’s iOS is one of the first mobile operating systems to remove this default bias from its digital assistant. Users are no longer pigeon-holed into accepting the standard female or male voice because of their location. iOS owners now have a diversity of voices and accents from which to choose right from the start.

“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. 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.”

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Apple also added two new voices to Siri that are available to English-speaking users worldwide. The new voices have been processed through Apple’s neural text to speech engine to ensure they flow like natural speech.

This sixth beta version of iOS 14.5 with the new voices and voice selection feature should be available to those who are part of Apple’s beta program or developer program.

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