Siri has outed herself.
Apple’s voice-activated virtual “assistant” known virtually all over the globe after being introduced with the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, 2011 is a real woman who lives in suburban Atlanta, according to CNN.
While Apple has never identified her, the voice of Siri in the United States is a voiceover actor named Susan Bennett, according to CNN. Bennett admitted to CNN that she is Siri. According to CNN, “Professionals who know her voice, have worked with her and represent her legally say she is Siri. And an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience has studied both voices and says he is “100%” certain the two are the same.”
Bennett, who has been doing voiceover work since the 1970s, had kept her secret because she didn’t want the notoriety, she told CNN. Then tech-news site The Verge posted a video last month that hinted that another voiceover talent named Allison Dufty was Siri.
Bennett decided to set the record straight. “I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety, and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally. And so, consequently, I was very conservative about it for a long time,” she told CNN. “And then this Verge video came out … And it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time.”