‘Real’ Siri revealed: ‘Please don’t curse’ at me
The woman behind one of the most ubiquitous voices in the world revealed herself to the public on CNN this morning, saying she never knew she would be ‘Siri’ when the iPhone 4s was released in 2011.
Susan Bennett, of suburban Atlanta, long a voiceover talent, said she was hired by ScanSoft in 2005 and taken into a recording studio where she was told to speak a mind-numbing series of phrases over and over, which she did until she was often bored. Hence, Siri’s attitude at times, Bennett explains. She was never told the recordings were for Apple.
Apple is not commenting or verifying if Siri’s voice - on 100 million iPhones - is that of Bennett’s, according to CNN.
But Bennett said this morning on the cable news network that she takes it in stride.
“Some people would like me to make a little naughty Siri app,” Bennett said.
The iPhone debuted in 2007, but Siri didn’t come until the iPhone 4s was released. Bennett didn’t know her voice was being used until a friend sent her an email. The friend’s email said Siri’s voice sounded like Bennett’s.
Bennett said that although the voice of Siri has remained a secret, her friends and family have realized it for years. But, she said she’s not even sure if it’s her voice anymore on the latest iPhone operating system, which was recently released.
“I was extremely flattered that my voice was chosen,” Bennett said. “Our house is full of Apple products.”
Bennett, incidentally, is also the worldwide voice of Delta in its terminals.
CNN hired an “audio-forensics’ expert to verify the Siri voice is that of Bennett.
One thing Bennett asked iPhone users, half-jokingly, knowing Siri is often the butt of jokes: "Please don’t curse at Siri because she’s very sensitive."