Apple will add fifth US English Siri voice support for iOS 15.4

Apple will add fifth US English Siri voice support for iOS 15.4
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Siri now has four American-accented English voices, but in iOS 15.4 Apple will introduce a fifth. According to Axios, the new voice intends to give a gender-neutral alternative for the first time.

Apple adds US English support to Siri

In the current beta edition, the voice is labeled “Voice 5” in the Settings panel, however, developer Steve Moser revealed on Twitter that the voice is titled “Quinn” under the hood. According to Axios, Apple revealed that the voice is made up of recordings made by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Moser also shared a sample of the new voice on Twitter:

A female voice has been the default voice most of the time since Siri became a key iPhone feature in 2011. The previous year, Apple changed the iPhone setup to offer the user to choose a male or female voice when the phone was initially turned on. no default choice.

Axios received the following response from Apple regarding the new voice in the iOS 15.4 beta:

“We are excited to offer a new Siri voice for English speakers, expanding the number of voices available to users. Because millions of people use Siri every day to help them get things done, we strive to make the experience as personalized as possible.

Last year, Apple added the third and fourth Siri sounds in American English, female and male voices meant to replicate African-American speech.

Apple offers Siri voices in a variety of languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay , Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish, in addition to these five American English voices. Within these languages, there are regional or accent differences, such as the Chilean, Mexican, Spanish, and American versions of Spanish. Other iOS 15.4 features include the ability to use Face ID while wearing a face mask, dual-sim 5G compatibility, and the ability to choose a preferred music streaming provider.

What else do we know so far:

Apple released the third public betas of the upcoming iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 updates for public beta testers today, a week after the launch of the second public betas. iOS with iPadOS 15.4 can be downloaded live after installing the appropriate profile from Apple’s public beta testing page on an iPhone or iPad.

The main changes are iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. iOS 15.4 adds a new feature that lets you unlock your iPhone with your Face ID while wearing a mask, while iPadOS 15.4 adds Universal Control. Universal Control lets you control many Macs and iPads with a single cursor and keyboard when paired with a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.3, and it’s very simple and intuitive to use. Universal Control needs macOS Monterey 12.3, which doesn’t seem to be accessible to public beta testers at this time.

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