Siri gets a new voice in the iOS 15.4 beta

The latest iOS 15.4 beta adds a fifth American voice for its voice assistant Siri. Apple’s user interface simply calls it “Voice 5”, but iOS Developer Steve Moser reports that her filename refers to the new voice as “Quinn”. The voice came just under a year after Apple added its last two American Siri voices and stopped using a female-sounding voice by default.

Axios Remarks that the new voice sounds more gender-neutral than previous Siri voices. Apple confirmed to the publication that it was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community, although the company did not provide further details on the identity of the voice actor. Last year’s voices were recorded by black actors as part of “the company’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Apple said at the time.

You can listen to all the Siri options below. The audio clips begin and end with the new fifth voice.

“We’re excited to introduce a new Siri voice for English speakers, giving users more options to choose a voice that speaks to them,” Apple said. Axios in reference to the new fifth American voice. “Millions of people around the world rely on Siri every day to get things done, so we strive to make the experience as personalized as possible.”

Other new features included in the latest iOS 15.4 beta include a new anti-harassment privacy notice when setting up AirTags. The software’s official release date has yet to be announced, but it is expected to be widely released next month.

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