Apple has introduced an innovative feature, Personal Voice, as part of iOS 17, aiming to help users safeguard their voice indefinitely, particularly those facing the risk of losing it. This feature revolves around a simple audio recording process.
According to Apple, “Users can create their Personal Voice by reading a randomized set of text prompts to record 15 minutes of audio on their iPhone or iPad.” It’s a privacy-centric feature, utilizing on-device machine learning to ensure the security of user information.
Here’s how you can create and leverage the Personal Voice feature:
To initiate Personal Voice on a compatible device, navigate to Settings, tap Accessibility, and select Personal Voice. Follow the prompts to record your voice. You can pause the recording by tapping Done or exiting Settings and resume it later.
After recording your voice, you can utilize it with Live Speech. Access this by going to Settings, tapping Accessibility, and then Live Speech. Activate Live Speech, choose a voice under Voices, and adjust pitch or speed as necessary.
The synergy between Personal Voice and Live Speech enhances communication capabilities for users. This dynamic duo enables users to type messages and have them spoken in their own voice during phone or FaceTime calls. Even if you respond by typing, if you’ve recorded your voice, the person you’re communicating with will hear your actual voice.
Apple showcased the profound impact of this feature in a poignant short film portraying a father who, despite losing his ability to speak, continues to read stories to his daughter using the Personal Voice and Live Speech functionalities.