Siri goes ‘gender neutral’ in latest Apple update

Siri Apple Gender Neutral

Apple is soon to be releasing a newly recorded gender-neutral Siri voice for their next update.

The new voice is set to be available in the i0S 15.4 update.

However many have accessed it via the current Beta version already.

New Siri voice is gender neutral

The latest i0S 15.4 update is set to release the new gender-neutral voice for Siri.

Described as not sounding uniquely male or female it’s a fresh change for Apple.

Previous releases have seen new versions of Siri released in both female and male voices from multiple countries.

Apple has confirmed this version of Siri was also recorded by a member of the LGBTQI+ community.

It’s another nod to diversity for Apple who recently updated two of their Siri voices, recorded by people of colour.

In a statement to Axios Apple shared their excitement.

“Millions of people around the world rely on Siri every day to help get things done, so we work to make the experience feel as personalized as possible.”

Although currently appearing as ‘Voice 5’ in the Beta menu, tech sleuths have spotted an alternate name of “Quinn” being used as the new gender neutral voice.

Siri update address gender issues for Apple

Apple and other tech companies have previously been called out for their placement of females within the tech world.

With default female assistant voices and even names like Alexa many have pointed out how this reflects the views of women in the world.

A United Nations Agency report even went on to address the issues.

The report argued that the use of primary female voices “carries a risk of spreading problematic gender stereotypes and regularising one-sided, command-based verbal exchanges with women.”

In response, Apple had previously rolled out their updated voice options to their Siri selections on their devices.

You can catch a sneak preview of the new Siri voice in the video below.

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