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The new voices are now included in the beta version of iOS 17 (via MacRumors), which is now available for testing to public testers. It joins two other current British voices of Siri, giving us a total of four British voice options in iOS 17. Nonetheless, the new additions are designed to sound more natural compared to the two previous ones. Developers and public beta testers can find Siri’s two new British voices by going to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice. On the page, they are the third and fourth options.
Aside from these new voices, Apple also made a few other changes to iOS 17’s Siri. Recently, testers also spotted bilingual query support in the beta update. Currently, it is just available to select Indic languages (Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada, or Marathi), which can be combined with English. Nonetheless, the list is likely to expand in the future.
In iOS 17, the “Hey Siri” voice command is simplified to “Siri.” It makes using the virtual assistant more straightforward, but some might find it unfavorable, especially those already used to the conventional Hey Siri phrase. Thankfully, there is a way to disable it and return to the old Hey Siri.
Siri should also soon be able to read web articles aloud and accept back-to-back requests without having to reactivate the voice assistant in between requests. Also, when commanding Siri to send a message, you’ll be given the option to select the app from which you want to send the message.
Aside from iOS, Apple’s recent work on tvOS 16.6 also brings Siri support in Hebrew for Apple TV and HomePod. This new language support is now visible in the recently rolled-out release candidate of the said update, making it available to developers and beta testers. The language is already available on iPhone and iPad, but it will be the first time Apple will inject it on Apple TV. Meanwhile, the arrival of the Hebrew language in HomePod is a huge indication of the speaker coming to the country since it is not yet available there.