Voice of Siri steps forward

Oct 09, 2013 by Samantha Bomkamp

Oh Siri, now we really know you.

The woman behind that comforting and helpful voice on millions of U.S. iPhones and iPads has been revealed. CNN on Friday introduced Susan Bennett, who lives outside Atlanta, as the source of the recorded answers to everything from "What's the weather like?" to "What is the meaning of life?"

Bennett told CNN she started the journey as Siri's voice in 2005, two years before the first iPhone was introduced, offering text-to-speech recordings for four hours a day.

Bennett told CNN that the process of recording the voice that would later become Siri wasn't just answering a string of questions, but rather speaking words and phrases that could be mixed together to form many different answers.

CNN says highly secretive Apple Inc. won't confirm Bennett's legitimacy, but a voice analysis professional told CNN he is "100 percent" sure she's the real deal.

Bennett is the voice of Siri in the United States. Other Siris around the world have already revealed themselves.

Bennett started doing voice work in the 1970s, CNN reported. She's also done a number of television and radio commercials and is the of the traveler assistant in Delta Air Lines airport terminals.

Explore further: Watching others play video games is the new spectator sport

3 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Apple enlists TomTom as Siri heads for cars

Jun 12, 2012

In-car navigation firm TomTom on Tuesday said it has inked a deal to provide map information to Apple, which a day earlier introduced its own mapping service for iPhones and iPads.

How Siri, Google Now respond to five questions

Apr 29, 2013

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. ...

GM cars to use Apple voice assistant Siri

Nov 27, 2012

General Motors said Tuesday it will integrate Apple's voice-activated software Siri in some of its cars next year to allow iPhone users to perform hands-free tasks.

Google wants to start a conversation

Aug 07, 2013

Search engine companies like Google, Microsoft and, to a lesser extent, Apple are trying their best to get users to stop typing in queries and to start using their voices to ask more conversational questions to perform searches ...

Apple's tongue-tied Siri faces 'Singlish' rival

Oct 28, 2011

Singapore's SingTel has developed an application to rival the voice-activated Siri on the iPhone 4S that is sure to go down well in the island state -- because it can understand "Singlish".

Google will put Majel on the line to rival Siri

Dec 18, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Majel is Google’s voice controlled assistant in the wings and it is poised to compete against Apple’s iPhone 4S-based Siri. The new chatter surrounding the yet to be launched Majel ...

Recommended for you

Watching others play video games is the new spectator sport

Aug 29, 2014

As the UK's largest gaming festival, Insomnia, wrapped up its latest event on August 25, I watched a short piece of BBC Breakfast news reporting from the festival. The reporter and some of the interviewees appeared baff ...

SHORE facial analysis spots emotions on Google Glass

Aug 28, 2014

One of the key concerns about facial recognition software has been over privacy. The very idea of having tracking mechanisms as part of an Internet-connected wearable would be likely to upset many privacy ...

User comments : 0