Woman Claims She Is The Real Voice Of The iPhone’s Siri
Apple isn’t confirming, but a woman from suburban Atlanta claims she is the original voice of Siri, the voice-activated assistant on Apple iPhones. Her name is Susan Bennett, and she began doing voice work in the 1970s. After hearing Bennett’s voice, one audio-forensics expert hired by CNN with 30 years of experience said he was “100%” certain she was Siri. Bennett has remained quiet because she wasn’t sure she wanted the notoriety. However, with the release of Apple’s new mobile-enhancing iOS7 last week, which offers new Siri voice options, Bennett is speaking out. “The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month,” she reveals. Bennett was required to “read nonsensical phrases and sentences” and says she often got bored, which is why Siri might sound like she has an attitude. ScanSoft found Bennett through GM Voice, an agency respected for their voice talent for automated voice technologies, and she signed a contract with the software company to be the voice in a database that would be used to construct speech. Bennett claims she “had no idea” where her voiceovers would end up and first heard herself as Siri after a friend reached out to her and asked “Isn’t this you?” Watch Bennett talk to herself in the video below.