Apple Highlights iPhone Feature That Lets You Preserve Your Own Voice

Apple today shared a heartwarming ad for its new Personal Voice accessibility feature, available on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Personal Voice iPhone Feature
Introduced with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, Personal Voice allows those at risk of losing their ability to speak to create a synthesized voice that sounds similar to their actual voice, so they can continue to communicate with others.

Personal Voice integrates with another accessibility feature called Live Speech, which lets users type what they want to say to have it be spoken aloud during in-person conversations, phone calls, and FaceTime video calls.

In the video, called "The Lost Voice," physician and disability advocate Tristram Ingham uses Personal Voice and Live Speech to read aloud a bedtime story to a young girl. More details about Ingham's life can be found in an Apple Stories article shared today.


To create a Personal Voice, users read aloud a randomized set of text prompts until 15 minutes of audio has been recorded. The feature can be found in the Settings app under Accessibility → Personal Voice, and it is currently available for English only. Apple says the feature uses on-device machine learning for privacy and security.

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Top Rated Comments

surfzen21 Avatar
7 months ago
Do you still miss that girl that got away?

Put her voice into your new AI robot and she will be with you forever. ?

What a scary future we are heading towards.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
7 months ago

Asked my wife to do it on my phone - her iPhone was too old. Now I get her to say all the things she wouldn’t say before! ??
You dirty, dirty, clever dog.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iLoveDeveloping Avatar
7 months ago

Do you still miss that girl that got away?

Put her voice into your new AI robot and she will be with you forever. ?

What a scary future we are heading towards.
Asked my wife to do it on my phone - her iPhone was too old. Now I get her to say all the things she wouldn’t say before! ??
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
swm Avatar
7 months ago
this is the first relatable use of generative AI known to me that helps everyday people.
yes. it can be misused, and most probably will. but maybe apple has built in some recognisable pattern to easily distinguish between the actual person and the generated audio.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ELman Avatar
7 months ago
Does anyone know of a service like this that allows you to preserve an aging family member or loved ones voice?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
7 months ago
I wish I had this when my mother was alive, I miss her voice, I only have some snippets through live photos now.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)