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Siri celebrates her second anniversary today, two years after first making a splashy debut with the iPhone 4S — and to celebrate, users can now get a peek at the voice actress behind the virtual assistant.
CNN reported Friday that Apple's virtual assistant Siri is none other than Susan Bennett, a suburban Atlanta voice actress who first recorded her performance in July 2005 — well before Apple actually purchased the technology in 2010.
Although Apple won't verify that Bennett is indeed the voice of Siri, an audio forensics expert has independently confirmed it with 100 percent certainty, and a short video interview on the CNN website certainly seems convincing enough.
Bennett recorded the words and phrases that became Siri from her home recording booth, working four hours a day for a month as part of a project for software maker ScanSoft, who hired Atlanta-based GM Voices to perform the actual work.
But the actress never knew what her voice would ultimately be used for, having started her career providing spoken words for one of the first ATM machines back in the 1970s, and most recently as the voice for Delta terminals at Atlanta's Harstfield-Jackson International airport.
So imagine her surprise after the October 4, 2011 debut of the iPhone 4S, when friends began asking Bennett if she was indeed the voice of Siri.
"Oh, I knew," she remarked. "It's obviously me. It's my voice."
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(Image courtesy of CNN)