Siri has a face!
Though Apple won’t confirm it, Susan Bennett – a professional voiceover artist from Georgia – is the gentle voice you hear when you ask your iPhone for the weather, the time of your next meeting, or the nearest gas station. CNN stumbled upon the scoop by accident while researching a story about Atlanta’s airport – Bennett is also a voice for Delta – and audio-forensics experts they consulted were 100 percent certain that Bennett and Siri are one and the same.
Bennett did the voice-work that would eventually became Siri in 2005, but she had no idea how it would ultimately be used. The company that hired her was called ScanSoft, which later became Nuance Communications, which Apple later licensed for some of its products… most likely including Siri. When Siri was introduced in 2011, Bennett was not aware of her contribution to the project. “A colleague e-mailed me [about Siri] and said, ‘Hey, we’ve been playing around with this new Apple phone. Isn’t this you?’” said Bennett, who didn’t own a new iPhone, but subsequently went online to hear Siri. “It’s obviously me. It’s my voice.”
Click below to hear – and see – “Siri.”