UK voice of Siri didn’t know Apple has used him until he saw the TV commercial

The provider of the voice for the UK version of Siri has been revealed and what makes the story even more intriguing is the fact that the guy who provided all the sounds didn’t even know it was him until he saw Apple's commercial. The voice, known as “Daniel”, was provided by former technology journalist Jon Briggs; but it was not provided directly to Apple. The voice over work was originally done six years ago for a company called Scansoft which was later purchased by Nuance, which subsequently licensed it to Apple.

“I did a set of recordings with Scansoft five or six years ago, for text-to-speech services,” says Briggs. “Five thousand sentences over three weeks, spoken in a very particular way and only reading flat and even. Then they go away and take all the phonics apart, because I have to be able to read anything you want, even if I’ve never actually recorded all those words.”

Jon was not aware that the voice was even being used by Apple for Siri in the UK. He only found out about it when he saw a demo on TV. He is certainly not bitter that it is now being used by Apple. He was paid well originally by Scansoft for his work and he loves Apple products. Jon Biggs also provides the voice for many other technology products including satellite navigation units for Garmin, TomTom, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi and Porsche.

Source: The Telegraph

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UK voice of Siri didn’t know Apple has used him until he saw the TV commercial


Apple really needs to bring out more voices with regional accents. UK Siri sounds like a posh person from the south of England, an accent which is quite abhorrent to most people who live in the North of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I live in Ireland and can't stand that voice. I'll stick to US Siri until Apple brings out an Irish or Scottish Siri.

Sue em! Sue em now dammit!
How dare they buy a company that bought another company after he got paid to do the voice-over work that was licensed to a different company.
Sounds confusing when put that way. That also about sums up the recent court drama too.

I really don't like the way tipb edit stories to not report all parts of the story if it's negative to apple.
Read macrumours where the story came out 1 day before tipb (10 nov) to see the full story where apple called the guy and told him not to talk about his voice on siri as if they owned him..and he rightly told them to get lost.
Tipb report the full story without censoring it. Its not like the tipb editors dont read macrumours as at the very least u could have updated ur story.