People have mocked Siri. They’ve cursed at her. Would it help if people knew the face behind the voice? A living, breathing woman has come forward, saying she was the original voice of the famous virtual assistant that has lived inside Apple’s iPhones for the past couple of years. Siri’s so famous that the Merc’s Pat May has talked to a shrink about her. Really.
Susan Bennett, a resident of suburban Atlanta, tells CNN her voice also has been used in GPS devices and elsewhere, a product of the many hours she spent in 2005 recording her voice for a software company for use in a speech database. She said that after recent online speculation that another woman was the voice of Siri, she decided to go public.
“It seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time,” she said.
CNN points out that Bennett’s voice won’t be so ubiquitous soon; iOS 7 users now have the option of choosing a male virtual personal assistant.
What does Apple have to say about the stage debut of the female voice of Siri? Surprise, not a word, according to CNN.
Above: Screen grab of a conversation with Siri.