Apple Exploring Ways to Let Developers Provide Custom Voice Synthesizers on iOS

Apple is exploring ways to let developers provide custom voice synthesizers on iOS by way of a new developer framework named VoiceProvider, which could debut as early as iOS 14, according to information obtained by MacRumors.

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Voice synthesizer extensions would be bundled with apps from the App Store, and then could be offered to the system to replace the default speech voice, which could be important for languages and dialects that Apple does not support. This could potentially extend to an API for the HomePod, although this is not for certain.

The framework appears to be in the early stages of development, so there is a chance that it might not be ready in time for iOS 14.

Top Rated Comments

JosephAW Avatar
32 months ago

So... we could replace the Siri voice feedback with Mr T?
Us trekies are hoping for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry computer voice or Brent Spiner.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hmm Avatar
32 months ago
Bring back MacinTalk!
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nicho Avatar
32 months ago

Us trekies are hoping for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry computer voice or Brent Spiner.
Make it so!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nicho Avatar
32 months ago
So... we could replace the Siri voice feedback with Mr T?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
32 months ago

Us trekies are hoping for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry computer voice or Brent Spiner.
The big demo for the TI-99/4a was the Star Trek cartridge with Spock’s voice.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
32 months ago
I second replacing Siri with "Computer" from Star Trek. I feel like I don't even say that word much so it would actually work well. I usually say my Mac, my iPad, etc.

Another fun choice would be The Doctor from Voyager, complete with sass.
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