iOS 17 Voice cloning with Personal Voice | ENBLE

iOS 17 Voice cloning with Personal Voice | ENBLE

Personal Voice in iOS 17: Giving a Voice to Those in Need

In a breakthrough for accessibility, Apple has introduced a remarkable feature in iOS 17 called Personal Voice. This feature allows users to create a unique digital likeness of their own voice, which can then be used to communicate and interact with others. Aimed at individuals at risk of losing their ability to speak, such as those living with ALS, vocal cord haemorrhage, laryngeal cancer, and multiple sclerosis, Personal Voice ensures that users can still retain a digital semblance of their real voice.

How Personal Voice Works

Personal Voice integrates seamlessly with the in-built Live Speech system on iOS devices. By reading out on-screen content or any other data stored on the phone in the user’s own voice, it offers a personalized and natural way to communicate with friends and family. The feature can be used for FaceTime calls, regular phone calls, and in any assistive app of the user’s choice.

To create a Personal Voice, users need an iPhone running iOS 17 or an iPad running iPadOS 17. However, it’s important to note that currently, the feature is only available in the English language. Additionally, if users choose to create a Personal Voice using a Mac, it must have one of Apple’s own M-series processors.

Creating a Personal Voice in iOS 17

Setting up the Personal Voice feature is a straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Accessibility.
  3. On the Accessibility page, navigate downwards and select Personal Voice.
  4. On the next page, tap the option that says “Create a Personal Voice.”
  5. Read and follow the instructions provided in the on-screen pop-up and hit the blue OK button.
  6. Set the name for the Personal Voice you are about to record and tap on Continue.
  7. In the “Check Sound Quality” section, tap the red record button at the bottom and read the lines that appear on the screen.
  8. The training system will automatically provide fresh lines for recording until you’ve recorded all 150 of them.
  9. After recording all the training lines, hit the “You’re Done Recording” button and grant notification access when prompted.
  10. Plug your phone in for charging and leave it locked while the recordings process. Once your Personal Voice is ready, you will receive a notification for further setup.

It’s worth noting that the processing time for creating a Personal Voice can take up to nine hours. If it doesn’t immediately appear in the Live Speech settings after processing, a reboot or wait time may be necessary.

Utilizing Your Personal Voice

When your Personal Voice is ready, you can start using it by replacing the default Siri voice. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and click on Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down on the Accessibility dashboard until you find Live Speech.
  3. Enable the Live Speech toggle on the next page.
  4. Tap the Voices option, and select Personal Voice at the top.
  5. Choose the name you originally set for your personal voice.

Once you’ve enabled your Personal Voice as your Live Speech preference, you can use it for various tasks. During voice and FaceTime calls, all the text you type will be read out loud in your own voice. This feature can also be used during in-person conversations.

Moreover, you have the option to save commonly used phrases and have them readily available for future conversations. While the audio signature replicated by Personal Voice is impressive, non-native English speakers might notice some robotic nuances and pauses. Nevertheless, it remains a powerful and easy-to-use feature right at your fingertips.

Apple’s Personal Voice in iOS 17 is a groundbreaking addition to its commitment to accessibility. By allowing individuals to retain their unique voice even when faced with challenging circumstances, it opens up new possibilities for communication while maintaining the essence of who they are. This empathetic and practical feature embodies the true spirit of technology serving humanity.