Listen to Siri's More Natural Voice in iOS 11

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Siri gets smarter in every new version of iOS, and iOS 11 is no exception. This year, Siri has been improved with advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, giving the personal assistant a much more natural, expressive voice.

    As you'll hear in the video, Siri sounds more human, adopting better pronunciation and different inflection depending on what's being said. There are also a lot of other improvements, which are covered in our Siri video and in the post below.

    In iOS 11, Siri uses on-device learning across all of your devices to get a more complete picture of your interests, preferences, and routines. Because Siri now syncs across multiple devices, Siri learns more about you and your interactions with Siri are always the same regardless of whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

    Siri can now do things like suggest a topic you might like in Apple News based on Safari browsing habits, or suggest a Calendar reminder for an appointment you've booked in Safari. Siri might also make QuickType word suggestions based on things you've recently viewed -- names of movies or places, for example.

    Siri has built in translation capabilities in iOS 11 and can translate English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, plus with music enhancements implemented for HomePod, Siri can play music you like and offer up answers to music-related queries like "What song is this?" or "Who's the drummer in this band?" when you're listening to music.

    You can even type to Siri using a new "Type to Siri" Accessibility option. This makes it easier to communicate with Siri when speaking isn't an option.

    For more on Siri and the rest of the new features coming in iOS 11, make sure to check out our iOS 11 roundup. Stay tuned to MacRumors, because we have more videos coming on iOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra.

    Article Link: Listen to Siri's More Natural Voice in iOS 11
  2. aking83 macrumors member


    Apr 9, 2014
  3. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
  4. LosLoco macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Any news yet regarding if this new Siri-voice and capabilities only concern English-speaking Siri?
  5. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I tested this for the first time last night after installing iOS 11 on my 10.5" iPad Pro. I asked Siri to tell me a joke in iOS 10 on my iPhone, and then in iOS 11 on the iPad. I'm not sure if it's because of the query being a joke, but I feel like the new Siri lacks the personality and warmth of the old Siri. The new one just sounded more robotic to me. I need to test it some more, as I was mainly interesting in playing around with multitasking and the Apple Pencil which I haven't used much before now, but so far I don't really care much for the new voice. Anyone else feel the same?
  6. FactVsOpinion macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2012
    The on screen,home-button-sized circle, with Siri colors inside, that shows up in iOS11 right above the physical home button, seems like a hint as to what a new onscreen, Touch ID / home button / Siri control region may look like on the iPhone 8
  7. AngerDanger, Jun 14, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2017

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Here's a side-by-side comparison of iOS 10 and 11 Siri. They have the most stilted conversation with each other.

    "You're certainly entitled to that opinion."
  8. busyscott macrumors member


    Sep 29, 2015
    "Listen to Siri's More Natural Voice!"

    *only 4 seconds of the new voice in the two minute video*
  9. joueboy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2008
    Last time Apple tried to blame microphone technology. I used my Mac with an expensive microphone still Siri sucks! So this time they they kinda admitted that Siri is just sucks and needs to keep up with Google? Well played Apple!
  10. MLVC macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2015
    I switched to the male voice (US). Don’t really like the new female voice. I do like the male one though, sounds more natural.
  11. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Hopefully when you ask Siri to make an appointment with someone (or a business) on your contact list, Siri will now add their location to the Calendar event. Incredibly it has never done this in the past.
  12. LoveToMacRumors, Jun 14, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2017

    LoveToMacRumors macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2015
    I was expecting a full in-depth review about the Female American vs the Female British voice. Very disappointed
  13. testcard macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2009
    Middle England
    Very poor video. A triumph of style over substance.
  14. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
    This is nice, but come on Apple, make changes to how Siri actually behaves. It’s downright incoherent at times.
  15. JustSomeInfo macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2016
    The Australian female voice is the way to go. Hopefully they make it even better.
  16. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I did like the male voice more in this short video clip. Maybe I'll try it when I get home. It just feels so weird to have Siri sound like a guy, though.
  17. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Still waiting on Siri Custom Scripts.

    Let us record a command stored on device that is executed prior to Siri going out to the web.

    Then allow us to record Macros to the scripts, actual tap progressions such as launching an app and doing actions.

    For example, you have a TV or Reciever app.

    Record Hey Siri Mute TV voice command. Then record launching app and tapping mute control. Then we could have Siri mute the TV.

    Likewise other items could be recorded and executed via commands. Right now all we can do is launch an app which then still requires us to pull out or interact with the device.
  18. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    I tried the British English voice for awhile just for fun and found that it mangles pronunciations of American English place names and didn't seem to understand my American English queries as well either. It turns out Apple localized these Siri voices for a good reason.
  19. MallardDuck macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2014
    Is her brain any better? In 10 and earlier, she can't even reliably dial businesses in your contact list, returns useless web search results, and has terrible recognition of certain words (try telling Siri to send a text message with the question, 'Is your phone on mute' for example).
  20. itsmilo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2016
    Still prefer the male voice. The chick sounds like an angry ex wife asking for more money
  21. MLVC macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2015
    Yeah it takes some getting used to but the new female Siri also takes some getting used to. She just talks so fast at times while the male seems to be a bit more relaxed haha
  22. Liebo macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2013
    Is it me or is it only the US Female voice which has changed? My partners iOS 10 British Female/Male and US Male sound exactly the same as mine on iOS 11.
  23. azentropy macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    Every time I see Siri has changed the voice to become more natural I think of the old Eddie Murphy skit about his car talking. Warning Explicit!

  24. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    That's really strange because when I was comparing the old and new last night, the old one seemed to be talking a lot faster. I wonder if I have a weird setting I need to change in accessibility or something.
  25. GrumpyMom macrumors 601


    Sep 11, 2014
    I never had any complaints about the way Siri sounds or the services "she" theoretically should be able to provide. My complaint is that she's gotten so much worse at hearing and processing my commands and inquiries properly.

    It's now embarrassing to use Siri. As I posted in another part of the forum, I recently asked Siri "Who wrote Oh Lord It's Hard to be Humble". Siri kept getting my query wrong and most humorously and inexplicably pulled up search results about Puerto Rico. This happened when I was with extended family, so it was a little embarrassing.

    I'm not able to watch the video at the moment. I do hope there's some indication that the updates will make Siri less hard of hearing and less addled.

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