Siri gets new male and female voices in iOS 7 beta 2

By , Jun 24, 2013

Siri new voice iOS 7 beta 2

Earlier today, Apple released the second beta of its next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 7, to developers. The update comes exactly two weeks after the original beta of iOS 7 was released, and brings with it a number of new features and improvements.

One of the more prominent changes we’ve seen has to do with Siri, Apple’s snarky digital assistant. Not only has it gotten smarter, but in beta 2 the virtual secretary received new voice templates. You can now choose from a male or female voice in several languages…

When Apple demonstrated Siri during the iOS 7 portion of its WWDC keynote, it mentioned that it had given the assistant new, more realistic-sounding voices. And true, they sounded great, but they were not present in the initial beta of the new operating system.

They are, however, available in the 2nd beta. And just as they did on stage, they sound great. I think the female voice sounds more genuine than the male voice, but they both tend to have slip ups where they revert to sounding like robots. I’m sure they’ll get better.

Here’s Jeff with a hands-on look at the new voices:

Siri has taken a lot of heat since it was first unveiled back in 2011. That was two years ago, and not only is it still marked as ‘beta,’ but many folks feel it has been surpassed by competitors like Google Now. Apple, though, is looking to change the conversation in iOS 7.

Stay tuned to iDB today, as we continue to highlight all of the changes found in iOS 7 beta 2.

What do you think of Siri’s new voices?

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  • omrishtam

    SHOW IT ON THE IPAD!

    • John

      Is that like “Please when you have a moment running around videoing all the other updates, could you make a video showing iOS 7 on the iPad?”

      Fuck, some people are rude!

  • Burge

    English US and English Canada only get this
    I think abut messing about before you report on changes.
    edit French and Germany too

    • Luke Mulholland

      Typical. It’s always US only.

      • Burge

        It’s the poor research on this change to Siri that 5 mins messing about with could help all who read this

      • Kevin Guzman

        US is the best.

      • Luke Mulholland

        Would go that far…

      • Jason Duong

        How’s PRISM and the NSA?

      • Kevin Guzman

        Its great! My kids love it!

  • rosssimpson

    Shame about USA only, but when you change to the Language in the Siri settings to United States, you get the more realistic voices – oh well!

    • http://flavors.me/mile MILE

      Unfortunately Siri then doesn’t understand any German names, addresses, artists and so forth…

  • Tom

    If siri was working on my iPhone 5 ;_;

  • Kurt

    Wish they would put a natural sounding voice. This is better, but still no realistic sounding. Google Now’s voice sounds like a real girl.

    Does it sound better in person than in this video? Her intonation is so weird at times too. Keep upgrading it Apple!

  • deepdvd

    Maybe it’s only me, but “Siri” is now associated in my mind as a female name, so it would seem odd to have a male voice respond when I say “Siri, …”

    • John

      Nope. Me too.
      I wonder what we should call the male version… Hal?

      • Raul Henriquez

        Hal

    • Cameron Nelms

      How about Sirus? I like that name. Or maybe Sirius?

      • Falk M.

        Sirius Snape? :P

      • mmraisins

        severus snape. sirius black.

      • Ian

        That made me think of Iris from Google, which is like Siri. A funny thing. Iris is just reversed in spelling of Siri.

    • 3aloo1

      Well it will be nice to name him ‘cookie’

  • Joseph

    I can still hear a metallic-ish around when Siri talks, I’d you know what I mean. Google Now still sounds smoother.

  • TBone

    Does anyone encounter error when launching apps with Siri?? Please try and if it fails to launch the app try this little trick.

    Delete these two files:

    /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.apple.LaunchServices-045.csstore /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.apple.mobile.installation.plist

    Restart the iPhone

    The phone will rebuild them…just wait a couple of minutes (be patient as all the apps icons are being rebuilt)

    • Ian

      I thought the system was just Read, not Read/Write. Is that not true for beta?

      • TBone

        this works with current iOS 6.x.x and yes needs root access

        This error comes in random dont know what causes it. did some google and shared it here coz i had it this morning in my iphone 5. even complete restore wipe didnt help checking with apple supppot community.

  • Kurt

    Does Siri’s voice really sound better to you? Sounds the same to me except intonation. But I’m talking about clarity. Is only the iPhone 5S going to get the new HD Voices? The ones in this video just sound overly compressed

  • Toby Kazeil

    Siri still doesn’t sound as natural. Google Now is SO much better. Apple is really going to have to step their game up!

    • Kurt

      I’m wondering if this is the best Apple can do? Or will they put the HD voices in the iPhone 5S? GNow is much better, and no lag or fails. Siri often freezes and won’t respond. But I haven’t seen that problem with iOS 7. Maybe it finally got fixed?

      • Toby Kazeil

        On beta 1 for iPod touch, Siri was crashing so bad. But it was fixed in beta 2. I would really like to see HD voices in 5S or 6, but for now, we may be stuck.

      • Kurt

        Aren’t we supposed to get higher quality voices for Siri? The ones in this video didn’t sounded good. Sounded quite compressed and less important, odd intonation.

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    Why is the video audio split into left for iPhone and right for your voice? Just wondering…

  • Timothy

    For those complaining that Siri still doesn’t sound natural, this is still a beta. We have to keep that in mind about not only Siri, but everything else in iOS 7. There will be a few to several more beta releases before the final launch. Things could easily be improved.

    • deepdvd

      Sadly, I think you are way too optimistic about this.

  • Kevin Guzman

    Its funny because this was the first thing I went to as soon as I had updated the device. I wanted to comment on it, but I figured you guys would post it soon. Very different… not sure it will stay in the final iOS 7.

  • n0ahcruz3

    A much better improvement than Forstall Siri lol

  • Christian Daniel Luczejko

    Ummm… Excuse me.

    This isn’t the new Siri voice that was showcased at the apple keynote…

    Am I alone in this here?

  • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

    Jeff, you made this really weird to listen to on headphones haha. Your voice is in the right speaker only and the phone sounds in the left only.

  • mickey

    If you put ios7 and ios6 side by side you’ll see the difference (check youtube). It’s not a huge difference in the female voice but it is there. The male
    however is much better. I actually prefer the male voice over Google
    Now.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    I dont like the new girl

  • Altechi

    Now it needs Morgan Freeman

  • Ian

    As you can see Jeff, several people wish to see Siri on iPad. Could you do a separate post just for showing Siri please?
    Greatly appreciated!

  • Robotj1

    Siri on my iPhone 5 doesn’t sound the same as Siri on my iPod Touch. They’re both running iOS 7 beta 2, but on my iPhone 5 it’s much more metallic sounding. Anyone experience this too?