Susan Bennett, the voice behind Apple’s Siri revealed herself to CNN in an interview. A voice-over actor, Bennett was paid by the hour and spent over 4 hours per day for a month in July of 2005, where she recorded the sessions. Completely unaware as to where they would be used, she first learned that she was the voice of Siri from a friend, later to confirm it by visiting Apple’s website.
Siri was introduced years later, with the first availability on the iPhone 4s, which launched on October 4th, 2011. For years now, Bennett can be heard offering directions, web searches and at times has shown the propensity to be humorous. An interesting quote from Bennett provides some insight as to why Siri might at times, have a bit of an attitude.
There are some people that just can read hour upon hour upon hour… For me, I get extremely bored … That’s one of the reasons why Siri might sometimes sound like she has a bit of an attitude,” said Bennett.
Just a month after Siri was made available to the public, Jon Briggs, the man behind the UK voice, came forward. Briggs recorded over 5,000 sentences over three weeks. So why did Bennett take so long for the big reveal. http://www.everythingicafe.com/the-voice-behind-siri-that-apple-doesnt-want-you-to-know/2011/11/10/
Apple won’t confirm Bennett’s claim, but CNN hired an audio foresics expert. His findings, “They are identical – a 100 percent match.”
In iOS 7, Siri gets a whole new voice, but we haven’t seen any reveal themselves as the voice behind the new Siri. For Bennett, upgrading means she will no longer have to talk to herself.