Apple adds gender-neutral Siri option voiced by queer person. Meet ‘Quinn’.
iOS 15.4, currently in testing, will offer a new voice option for its digital assistant that isn’t explicitly male or female.
Apple confirmed that the new voice was recorded by a member of the LGBT+ community, but it didn’t offer any comment about the voice actor’s identity. The tech giant told Axios that it was “excited” to introduce the new Siri voice to give “users more options to choose a voice that speaks to them”.
“Millions of people around the world rely on Siri every day to help get things done, so we work to make the experience feel as personalised as possible,” Apple said.
The gender-neutral voice, simply labelled as option five on the Siri menu, was added to the beta of iOS 15.4 that was released to developers and the public at the end of February. But Steve Moser, an iOS developer and MacRumors contributor, reported on Twitter that the filename refers to the new gender-neutral voice as “Quinn” – perhaps a reference to the trans footballer and Olympic gold medallist.
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