Here's How Siri Looks Like
Article by George Norman
On 07 Oct 2013
The woman in the picture above is Susan Bennett. You may not know her, but you surely know her voice. That’s because Susan’s voice talent was used for Apple’s Siri personal assistant.

When Siri came out back in 2011, Apple never told us whose voice was used for the virtual assistant. The ever-secretive company still isn’t saying anything on the topic. But CNN found out whose voice talent was used for Siri: Susan Bennett, a resident of suburban Atlanta who fell into voice work by accident in the 1970s.

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Until now, Susan Bennett was glad to remain anonymous. So what changed? The fact that last month The Verge posted a video and reported that Allison Dufty is the voiceover talent behind Siri. While Dufty denied being the voice behind Siri, Bennett decided to go public and set things straight.

"I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally,” Bennett said for CNN. “I wasn't sure that I wanted that notoriety, and I also wasn't sure where I stood legally. And so, consequently, I was very conservative about it for a long time. And then this Verge video came out ... And it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time."

Apple introduced Siri alongside iOS 5, back in 2011. The intelligent assistant that responds to voice commands made it possible to create reminders, set up alarms, or send out messages without having to touch the iPhone. Siri proved to be useful, and it also proved to be amusing. I remind you about the S*it That Siri Says Tumblr that lists various funny Siri responses.

In September 2013, Apple rolled out iOS 7 to the public. As Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering explained, the mobile operating system comes with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features. Some of those new features apply to Siri: support for multiple voices, Twitter integration, Wikipedia integration, search the web with Bing, change device settings, playback voicemail.




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