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Susan Bennett, The Original Voice of Siri

Susan Bennett, The Original Voice of Siri
Susan Bennett, The Original Voice of Siri

Susan Bennett, The Original Voice of Siri

Born in 1948, Susan Bennett, a voice-over artist, is the voice of Apple’s Siri since Siri’s birthday, on October 4, 2011.

According to Wikipedia, she was born in Clinton, New York. She attended high school at Clinton Central School. In 1971 she graduated from Brown University. While at Brown, Susa intended to become a teacher, but liked to perform as an actress. She acted in theatrical productions, was a member of a jazz band, and was a singer with the “Chattertocks” a cappella group.

In 1974 she was recorded as the voice of First National Bank of Atlanta’s “Tillie the All-Time Teller.” She as recorded messages and advertisements for Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Ford, Fisher-Price, The Home Depot, Goodyear, VISA, Macy’s, Hot Pockets, Club Med, and Cartoon Network, among others.

In June 2005, the software company ScanSoft picked Suzan Bennett to be the voice for a database project involving speech construction. As Susan recalls, she worked for the entire month of July 2005, more than four hours each day, five days a week, reading phrases and sentences. These recordings were later concatenated into the sentences used in the Siri voice.

Curiously enough, Susan only became aware she was the voice of Siri when a friend asked her if it was she behind the voice, in October 2011. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

By the way, let’s tell you that the Australian Siri is voiced by Karen Jacobsen and in the United Kingdom is Jon Briggs who is behind the voice of the British male voice for Siri.

A Few Words about Siri

Siri is a computer program that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, part of different Apple’s operating systems. Siri uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. The software adapts to the user’s individual language usage and individual preferences with continuing use. It returns thus results that are more individualized over time.

Siri was introduced as an iOS application available in the App Store by Siri Inc., which was acquired by Apple on April 28, 2010. There are several accent and gender combinations for the voice of Siri.

Siri has been an integral part of iOS since iOS 5 and was introduced as a feature of the iPhone 4S on October 14, 2011. Dictation powered by Siri was added to the third generation iPad with the release of iOS 5.1.1 in May 2012. Full Siri support was added with iOS 6. Siri has been included on all mobile Apple hardware manufactured during or after October 2012.

Today Siri is also integrated into Apple Watch’s watchOS, where the feature can be activated by holding down the Digital Crown or by saying “Hey, Siri.” Siri has been integrated into Apple TV’s tvOS, where the feature can be activated using a button on the included Siri Remote.

Since 2014 Siri has been available in some cars via CarPlay, a system that enables the vehicle audio system to be a display and controller for an iPhone. It is available on all iPhones from iPhone 5 with at least iOS 7.1.

Siri was added to the Macintosh with the release of macOS Sierra on September 20, 2016.

In October, 2016, Bloomberg reported that Apple was moving Siri, along with other Apple services, to a new system codenamed Pie. Pie is supposed to give Apple more control over the system, thus enabling potentially faster and more reliable services.

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