Atlanta woman says she is the voice of Apple's Siri

Fri Oct 4, 2013 6:51pm EDT
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By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Siri, whose voice do you have?

The question has intrigued millions of Apple iPhone and iPad fans, who use the devices' voice-activated personal assistant for help with everything from finding restaurants and directions to organizing their day.

On Friday, CNN reported it has discovered the original voice. The person had never before been identified publicly.

The network named Susan Bennett, a voice-over actress from Atlanta, as the voice behind Siri, which was first introduced on Apple's iPhone 4S in 2011.

"I'm the voice actor who provided the voice of Siri," Bennett told CNN in an interview.

Trudi Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment on the CNN report. Bennett could not be immediately reached for comment.

CNN said an audio-forensics expert "has studied both voices and says he is '100 percent' certain the two are the same."

Bennett told the network she worked four hours a day for the entire month of July 2005 recording segments in her home recording booth. She said she was paid by the hour but would not reveal the amount.   Continued...

CEO Tim Cook talks about Siri during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith