Good piece by David Pierce at Wired on Apple’s efforts to make Siri sound more human.
I’ve been on the iOS 11 public beta for some time now, and I’ve been very impressed by Siri’s new voice. It really is more human-like. One thing worth noting is, along with Siri’s improved vocals, that Siri in iOS 11 is more accessible than ever before. The Text to Siri feature, whereby users can interact with the assistant in a Messages-like interface, broadens Siri audience so that more people have access to it. The deaf and hard-of-hearing is the obvious example—whereas previously they may have felt excluded due to Siri’s voice-first nature, the ability to now “text” Siri affords them the same experience and benefits that everyone else enjoys.