Siri voices could be customizable by developers in iOS 14

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in iOS edited November 2020
Apple may allow developers to add their own voice synthesizers within iOS itself, a rumor claims, opening up the possibility of users being able to install custom voices that could affect how Siri sounds on an iPhone or iPad in the future.




Apple has, so far, limited Siri to use voices that it has produced, with users able to vary the pitch and tone primarily by selecting to use a male or female voice, and the accent. While developers are able to add voice synthesis to their own apps, it is not currently possible for a developer to affect Siri's voice directly.

An incoming developer framework called "VoiceProvider" may change the situation, giving developers a way to create voice synthesizer extensions. Offered as part of apps in the App Store, the synthesizers could potentially use the framework to allow system-driven speaking to work through the third-party version.

The change could provide a number of benefits, such as to move from the default voice to a version that can handle languages and dialects not currently supported by Siri, reports MacRumors. There is also the possibility of making wholesale changes to Siri's voice, giving it a celebrity's voice, for example.

It is claimed the framework is in the early stages of development, but it may make an appearance in some form in iOS 14. While it may be plausible for an API to be created for other platforms, like the HomePod, it is unclear if this will occur at the same time, if at all.

The report follows a number of other March "leaks" relating to iOS 14, which have included claims about a workout demonstration app, upgrades to Messages, and enhanced mouse support in iPadOS 14.

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  • Reply 1 of 25
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Incoming “Bobcat Goldthwait Siri” and “Gilbert Gottfried Siri”...
    Beats
  • Reply 2 of 25
    EphraimEphraim Posts: 12member
    Bernie. Or better yet a widow could have her deceased husband's voice, or vice-versa.
  • Reply 3 of 25
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 1,040member
    I want to be able to change Siri’s name as well as the voice. 

    “Come along, K9!”

    mike egglestonStrangeDays
  • Reply 4 of 25
    georgie01georgie01 Posts: 420member
    That’d be great. I’ve wanted a higher pitched female voice rather than the middle-to-lower range female voices available. The latest American Siri is not too bad, but Android’s default female voice is higher and more pleasant (the last time I heard, at least). Hopefully someone will develop some good options.
  • Reply 5 of 25
    designrdesignr Posts: 678member
    Incoming “Bobcat Goldthwait Siri” and “Gilbert Gottfried Siri”...
    I was imagining the same. I was thinking "Joe Pesci Siri" but it would not quite have the same effect if they can't customize the responses like:

    "What the %^&$ do you want from me?"

    and...

    "I found the $%^&ing weather for you!"

    and...

    "Do I ^&*%ing amuse you?!"

     :D 
    mike egglestonartdentStrangeDays
  • Reply 6 of 25
    hodarhodar Posts: 347member
    Ephraim said:
    Bernie. Or better yet a widow could have her deceased husband's voice, or vice-versa.

    Great, we'd have Siri's Bernie voice whining that "All the App Store apps should be free".
    SpamSandwichmobird
  • Reply 7 of 25
    How about we send Siri back to school for spelling lessons — and get her to first use the phonetic guides we so carefully enter into contacts

    Some of my personal, almost every four hour problems:
    Corine = Karen or Korin or ___ even though pronunciation guide is kore ēēn (tried many variations over the years

    Jeanell = Janelle 

    And what’s the deal about returning a local city name in ALL CAPS starting about a year ago ??

    Back of the class girl.
    edited March 2020
  • Reply 8 of 25
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 1,448member
    I want Siri to sound more "butch"
  • Reply 9 of 25
    seanjseanj Posts: 289member
    (a) Samuel L Jackson
    (b) Jarvis

     :D 
    CloudTalkinmike eggleston
  • Reply 10 of 25
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    No comment.
    edited March 2020
  • Reply 11 of 25
    I'll be surprised if this rumor plays out.  I can see Apple giving developers more voice synthesizer options, but not giving them a way to mess with Siri's voice.  Apple hasn't prioritized (or even allowed) this type of UI customization this century.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 12 of 25
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,965member
    I just want to be able to change Siri's trigger word to "Computer". ;)
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 13 of 25
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    I want Siri to sound like Bianca Del Rio!
  • Reply 14 of 25
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    spice-boy said:
    I want Siri to sound more "butch"
    That's another vote for Bianca Del Rio!
  • Reply 15 of 25
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    "Siri, get me directions to the nearest Samsung store."

    "Really, b*tch?"
  • Reply 16 of 25
    I'd 100% want a Keith David voiced assistant.  Goliath, Spawn and the Arbiter all rolled into one.
  • Reply 17 of 25
    rezwitsrezwits Posts: 813member
    That would be a cash cow for popular "people's" voices, if they could sell "their voice"

    Like $1.99-$4.99-$9.99 for some celebrities voice?  That's bank!
  • Reply 18 of 25
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 861member
    I vote for Jeff Goldblum.
  • Reply 19 of 25
    seanjseanj Posts: 289member
    Rayz2016 said:
    "Siri, get me directions to the nearest Samsung store."

    "Really, b*tch?"
    That’d be the Samual L Jackson voice  ;)
  • Reply 20 of 25
    seanj said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    "Siri, get me directions to the nearest Samsung store."

    "Really, b*tch?"
    That’d be the Samual L Jackson voice  ;)

    Hey Siri, what do they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in France?
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