With the arrival of the sixth version of iOS 14.5 beta, Apple is eliminating the female voice as standard for Siri. Thus, when the final version reaches the general public, users will be asked to choose the preferred voice style during device settings.
Altogether, it is possible to choose a preferred voice model in 16 languages. And, according to the TechCrunch website, Apple is the first company that is leaving the initial configuration of the voice assistant in the hands of the user.
Before this new version, people could choose other voices, but it was necessary to access the device settings after the device was started.
In addition to greater control over Siri, Apple is also bringing two new voices to the assistant. According to the company, these voices are available to all English speakers around the world.
According to TechCrunch, the voices use “source talent recordings”, performed through text-to-speech synthesis (TTS). With this technology, the assistant communicates in a more organic and natural way, using phrases generated in real time.
In this tweet you can hear how the phrases are pronounced:
The choice that comes with the new update is a way for companies that develop technologies for voice assistants to fight cases of gender association. According to a report by the UN, in 2019, assistants who default to a female voice are able to reinforce negative stereotypes.
“This is a continuation of Apple’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to products and services that are designed to better reflect the diversity of the world in which we live,” the company said in a statement.
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