Apple doesn’t really like it when its employees speak to the press. Like, at all. So it’s interesting to see a British voice actor who provided the male voice For Siri — arguably the voice of Apple these days — openly speaking to journalists about how he came to speak for every iPhone 4S on Earth, especially considering Cupertino tried to muzzle him.
Siri’s UK male voice is provided by Jon Briggs, and curiously, he never even knew he was the voice of Siri until he caught a new iPhone 4S commercial and recognized his own posh cadence.
As it turns out, all of Siri’s spoken lines had been sold to an agency six years before, which Apple just ended up licensing. Not uncommon in the voice acting biz, apparently.
Where things get weird, though, is when Briggs suddenly received a call from an Apple representative who told him not to talk about Siri or his involvement with the iPhone 4S. He was apparently told Apple is “not about one person” and told Briggs he should maybe shut it.
Of course, Briggs isn’t employed by Apple, and there’s no reason he can’t spout off about how he became the voice of Siri if he doesn’t want to. And boy, I’m glad he did. Makes you wonder if your voice is rattling around on some Android phone out there somewhere.