The latest beta of iOS 15.4 adds a fifth US voice for its Siri voice assistant. Apple’s UI just calls it “Voice 5”, but iOS developer Steve Moser reports that the file name refers to the new voice as ‘Quinn’. The voice arrived just under a year after Apple added its last two US Siri voices, and stopped using a female-sounding voice.
axios notes that the new voice sounds more gender neutral than previous Siri voices. Apple confirmed to the publication that it was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community, though the company did not provide further details on the voice actor’s identity. Last year’s voices were recorded by black actors as part of the company’s “longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Apple said at the time.
You can listen to all Siri options below. The audio clips begin and end with the new fifth voice.
“We are excited to introduce a new Siri voice for English speakers, giving users more options to choose a voice that speaks to them,” Apple said. axios in reference to the new fifth American voice. “Millions of people around the world rely on Siri every day to get things done, so we’re working to make the experience as personal as possible.”
Other new features in the latest iOS 15.4 beta include a new anti-stalking privacy statement when setting up AirTags. An official release date for the software has yet to be announced, but it is expected to become widely available next month.