The iOS 15.4 beta adds a new English voice for Siri, and Apple confirmed that it was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community, so the voice has a gender-neutral accent.
On Twitter, the reporter from TheVerge Jon Porter shared a tweet showing the now five English voices for Siri.
A quick comparison of Siri’s new voice with the existing four options pic.twitter.com/A7uLQeLvQw
— jon.porter (@jonporty) February 23, 2022
In a message sent to the portal AxiosApple said the addition seeks to give the virtual assistant a greater variety of accents.
“We’re excited to introduce a new voice for English speakers, bringing more choice to users interacting with Siri,” Apple said.
“Millions of people around the world rely on Siri every day to get things done, so we’re working to make the experience as personalized as possible,” Apple added.
Version 15.3.1 of iOS (the most current at the time of writing this note) has four voices for Siri in English. In case you want to try each of them, you can change them in the “Siri and Search” menu, where you should find the “Voice” option. In other languages, like Mexican Spanish, Siri only has two options.
In addition to Siri’s new voice, the portal 9to5Mac It states that the iOS 15.4 beta also includes a function that seeks to prevent the use of AirTags to spy on a person.
According to the site, because these Apple accessories can be used to track a person’s location without their consent, Apple will display a window that warns that monitoring a person without their permission is a crimeand that AirTags are linked to an Apple ID.