How Apple finally made SIRI sound more human

Posted by Peter Rudin on 15. September 2017 in News

This fall, when Apple’s new operating system iOS11 hits millions of iPhones and iPads around the world, the new software will give SIRI a new voice. SIRI now takes more pauses in sentences, elongates syllables right before a pause, and the speech lilts up and down as it speaks. The words sound more fluid and SIRI speaks more languages, too. It’s nicer to listen to, and to talk to.

A few years ago, a new team at Apple took control of SIRI’s back-end and revamped the experience. It’s now based on deep learning and AI, and has improved vastly as a result. SIRI’s raw voice recognition rivals all its competitors, correctly identifying 95 percent of users’ speech.


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