Siri will sound more human on iOS 10

Siri will sound more human on iOS 10
Next month, when iOS 10 is released, you might notice a change in Siri's voice. According to a report that cites the head of advanced development for Siri, Tom Gruber, machine learning will help Siri sound more human and less robotic. Apple's virtual personal assistant accesses words recorded in a database and strings them together to form sentences.

Siri's cadence and voice has become almost a trademark of the iPhone and iPad, and has been used on various television shows and commercials. Back in 2013, we told you about Susan Bennett who claims to be the original voice of Siri. Bennett's voice was recorded back in July 2005 as she spoke nonsensical phrases and words. The pitch was adjusted in order to change the sound. In July 2014, Apple moved Siri's voice recognition to a neural net, which greatly improved the assistant's ability to understand what is being asked by users. This change was made on the sly by Apple, which had kept the news quiet until today's report.


We might have a clue as to when Apple will make this change. The other day, Barbara Streisand complained to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the way Siri called her "Streizand." According to the star, Cook told her that this would be taken care of with an iOS update on September 30th.

source:  Backchannel via AppleInsider

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9 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

She already sounds "more human", especially the British and Australian female and male voice variants (compared to other voice assistants. Its the reason I dreaded using Google Maps before.. it sounded so horrible. Its better now though.

2. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Siri has always sounded like the electronic box voice of people with throat cancer who use the little tool to talk.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Siri sounds like a human bein. Compared to Google Now - which most of the time just gives you a "ding" instead of a verbal response.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Siri is just fine the way it is - although any further research and design is welcome. The only one thing I'd work on when it comes to Siri is the rare occasions she has a "blackout" - meaning, the phone will take your command and get stuck loading the results. You can wait and most of the time it'll be "I'm having trouble processing the request (or something like that), or you just try again and Siri is all of a sudden works fine. (It's not a connection issue, but maybe a congested server issue - I think). Also if there's no internet or connection is very bad in the area - Siri should revert to regular voice command that works without need for Internet (this is the voice command that iPhones had before Siri - which Apple has been evolving as well). Other than those two - I use Siri numerous times a day for everything - making calls, open apps, checking locations of my kids, dictating texts, music control, changing settings, weather, web info requests, calculating, and so on - every hour, everyday.... I do like that if you don't want Siri to respond verbally, just switch the toggle on the side of the phone to mute and she'll go straight for the result - no reply or delay.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3141; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Hope it will be as heat as Google now

6. iushnt

Posts: 3141; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Great*

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Give me an example.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3141; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The voice recognition of Google is very nice and accurate..That thing alone makes it so usable..

9. iushnt

Posts: 3141; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Being said that, it's more fun to talk with Siri..

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