Voice Behind UK Siri Voice "Daniel" Speaks Out

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  1. MacRumors, Nov 10, 2011
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    macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Several years ago, Jon Briggs took a voiceover job for a company called Scansoft. Scansoft later merged with Nuance, which makes the voices that Apple used for Siri.

    Briggs tells the UK Telegraph:
    His voice, which is very familiar to United Kingdom iPhone 4S owners, is also used as the voice of GPS for Garmin, TomTom, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi and Porsche.

    For its part, Apple isn't pleased with Briggs' newfound fame. A representative called him after his interview with the Telegraph the iPhone 4S was released and asked him not to talk publicly about Siri, saying the company isn't "about one person." Briggs pointed out that he wasn't an Apple employee and he recorded the voices six years ago for a separate company. He hasn't heard from Apple since.

    Article Link: Voice Behind UK Siri Voice "Daniel" Speaks Out
  2. D4F


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    Why would they want to silence him? Isn't that free promo?
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    "Mr Briggs, please do not speak to strangers so that they do not confuse what you are saying with what their phone tells them."
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    Typical Apple. Their corporate secrecy knows no bound.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Stupid reply from Apple, some MBA has his head stuck up his ass.

    He has been the voice of my MacBook Pro for several years, tells me the time every hour or if I have an urgent message. I so aptly named my MacBook Pro "Daniel", my iMac is called Victoria for the same reason.

    Daniel is also the voice on my Garmin, watch, and even some sound equipment I own.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Rip his tongue out! Traitor
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2009
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    So since the voice was recorded 6 years ago, there is no chance words they didn't record back then will be added in?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2011
    Austin, TX
    LOL what?
  9. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    he's the voice of Siri??? that dude sounds like a girl. (joking)
  10. macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
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    Good for him. Apple should have thought about these things beforehand.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Haven't they ever heard of Steve Jobs?
  12. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I love how arrogant Apple is thinking they could tell him not to do it.

    I like how he told them to basically go pound sand.
  13. macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2010
    Yeah, exactly, you understood it perfectly!

    And if not, you can always ask Siri to explain this: "they go away and take all the phonics apart, because I have to be able to read anything you want, even if I've never actually recorded all those words"

  14. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    His comments can be misquoted and mistaken to be that he was hired by Apple to record specifically for Siri when he was not. THAT is probably why Apple (if they did actually call him) don't want him talking about this.

    Not to mention simply that his original contract might not give him the right to claim credit for the use of his voice in clients work. It's not uncommon when you do voice bank work such as what he did.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2010
    "A representative called him after his interview with the Telegraph and asked him not to talk publicly about Siri, saying the company isn't "about one person."

    Steve Jobs?...
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2008
    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!! :p
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 3, 2008
    The answer is in the article.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    After berating him, the Apple rep should've asked what the weather in London would be like tomorrow or where the closest coffee shop was.. Seems like the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.. just sayin'..
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    How do you change voices for Siri? I noticed the British male voice on one of the videos after the iPhone 4S announcement.

    I don't see any way in settings to the change the voice.

    Is the voice determined by your region automatically?

    I know if you ask Siri certain questions in the US, that Siri identifies itself as a woman. It uses the pronouns "her" or "she" in places to refer to itself.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    What, so he could reply "Sorry, I can only look for businesses in the United States and when you're using US English" ?
  21. macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2011
    Males in Britain and France

    I believe you get a male voice if your setting is British English (as well as French) and female if you are using US and Australian English (and German?).

    Is Siri a female name in English? It certainly is in the neck of woods where I use to set up my tent for the night.
  22. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Hah! Maybe that's why they got in touch with him, they just needed some new phrases recorded, for free?

    - "Hey Jon, what's your opinion on global warming?"
    - "Global warming?"
    - "Perfect! Thanks, see ya".
  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    He's also the male English voice in OS X Lion, of course... Although personally, I prefer the (female) Scottish and Irish voices.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010

    What if the guy some day goes on a killing spree? Or has 30 bodies buried under his house? Or is a drug kingpin? Or is a porn star?

    Better to have these yahoos anonymous.
  25. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    about 3 meters from here. *points*

    :confused: Why would that matter? Being in porn isn't illegal. Yes, Steve had his issues with it, but really, Jon's not part of the company.

    Porn isn't even in the same league as serial murder, dude.

    *Edited to clarify that I'm talking about Jon and not Steve in the sentence

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