The new Siri voices

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    Gogurt48

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    I was really looking forward to hearing the new Siri voices because they sounded amazingly lifelike in the keynote, especially the male one. So I was disappointed to hear them on beta 2. They still sound somewhat robotic to me.

    However, the release notes refer to them as "development versions." This makes me think maybe they're "low-res" versions deployed for testing purposes. Maybe the final versions will sound better.
     
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    I hope they do. At this point the old siri sounded more lifelike to me.
     
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    Dev notes do say that the new voices are not included yet, they're not ready yet obviously. They will be there by GM
     
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    Everyone in the beta2 thread is insisting that the new voices are included but I'm sure not hearing any difference.
     
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    I think it's the same thing we dealt with before. Some people used to note that Siri sounded different, "sick", more robotic, et cetera. I think until something is downloaded they sounded that way. It was mainly on new installs/new phones. After a day or so the robotic sound went away. This is likely the same...
     
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    they are there..its under siri options in general. you can choose between male and female.
     
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    gmanist1000

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    I was also thinking this might be the case.
     
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    chrf097

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    Beta 2 includes the new voices.

    They sound A LOT more human. Yeah, I mean there's still the choppiness when stringing words together, but the voice is much more real sounding, rather than computer generated, and a lot of the pre-stringed phrases sound like you're talking to an actual person. Overall it's a HUGE step up.

    Now, if only we could change the accent...

    Also, the sickly or "compact" voice (when you're in a slow data environment or similar it switches to compact voice, kind of how youtube sometimes kicks you down in your video resolution), was there for me at first but it promptly went away.
     
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    I believe they're dev voices. Certainly changed compared to the Siri we've had for a while now, but the notes do make mention the new voices are not included in this build, so these must be placeholder voices until the final ones are put in.
     
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    These are really good for just placeholder voices...
     
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    I know that there are now more choices but if you choose the United States Female voice, it's the same old Siri that it's always been.
    No difference at all that I can hear.
    I've even done comparisons with iOS6 and with multiple people listening, no one can hear any difference.
     
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    Not for everyone... I get the options for Male/Female when selecting USA English, but not Australian.
     

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    Gogurt48

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    Are you sure you're looking at the right notes? For about an hour, the link that said "iOS7 beta 2 release notes" actually linked to the beta 1 notes.

    The actual beta 2 release notes say, "This seed includes development versions of new male and female Siri voices for U.S. English and French, and a male voice for German."

    It's the phrase "development versions" that makes me think these might not be the finished product.

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    Having played with it a little more, I've noticed that some phrases sound choppy and robotic, but others sound very smooth and lifelike. Try saying, "Open the pod bay doors" to Siri a few times and you'll see what I mean.

    In one example, Siri says, "I'm sorry, I'm afraid I can't do that," sounding robotic. Then he says, "Are you happy now?" in a very realistic voice.
     
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    Telp

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    Do the new SIRI voices work everywhere or just within the SIRI app? Like, can you switch which voice works within the maps app?
     
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    Yep - nothing for the UK as yet.
     
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    The voice carries over through navigation but it's funny because they play at 75% speed when giving directions... Heeaaadd sooutttheeeassstt onnn "X" rooad. :p
     
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    chrf097

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    Uhm, trust me there is a HUGE difference, I'm not sure how you're unable to hear it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33xjYu_l2pc Comparison. The voices are VERY obviously different.
     
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    gmanist1000

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    Haha yes! I noticed it too, super annoying!
     
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    Nope.
    Not a huge difference.
    Even after watching that video it's a slight difference at best. Nothing like the voice we heard at WWDC.
     
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    chrf097

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    My Siri, as far as the voice, sounds a lot like the WWDC one. It's not perfectly smooth but it's a very big upgrade.
     
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    When you ask Siri what she's wearing she doesn't say aluminosilicate glass and stainless steel anymore, instead she says aluminosilicate glass and aluminum.
     
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    I concur, we Aussies miss out so far.
     
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    Me too.

    Hi all. I downloaded iOS 7 Beta 2 on both my iPod touch and iPhone. On the iPod Touch the new voices sound rich and clear (Like an actual human), however on my iPhone you can tell the underlying voice in the same as the one on my iPod, but there's a more robotic tone in its voice. I know it's a beta and I shouldn't be upset but this is really bugging me, especially because one of my devices is fine but the other isn't.
     
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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1602337

    There's also a video.
     

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