among the many what’s new in iOS 17 to your iPhone, one of the most promising has to do with your own voice. Actually, this very special function, known as personal voice, was released last May. And after the inaugural presentation of WWDC 2023, it is confirmed that iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 Sonoma they will allow anyone talk even if they can’t directly.
Personal Voice is part of a battery of new functions encompassed in the section of Accessibility, a section to which Apple has always dedicated time and effort. Along with other features like live speech either Point and Speak, personal voice It is used to replicate your voice on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
As Apple explained at the time, “users will be able to create a voice similar to your own in an easy and safe way, something especially useful if they are at risk of losing speech due to a recent diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or another disease that progressively affects your ability to speak.”
Replicate your voice with Personal Voice in iOS 17
Following its announcement at the WWDC 2023 kickoff, iOS 17 is available on Beta version for developers from everyone who wants to try it from day one. In July the Beta version will be released for the general public and, finally, in the fall, iOS 17 final version will be released. And already in this first version you can try all its new features. Between them, personal voice.
entering the Settings of iOS 17, in the section of Accessibilitywe will find the option personal voice. Custom the it will take time. But it’s worth it. In principle, an assistant will make us read a series of random sentences that, in total, will last 15 minutes. Although there are means that speak of an hour. The process can also be done from iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma when available. And it is recommended to do it In a quiet place and silence. If there is a lot of background noise, the assistant will notify us of it.
But the main drawback to use personal voice is that, initially, it will be available in English. We will have to wait a while to be able to enjoy this accessibility feature in other languages.
One more help to communicate
employing machine learningyour iPhone will “use device machine learning to keep personal information safe. After the initial setup of personal voice“users will be able to go to her when they communicate with your loved ones” from the official Apple applications and those that integrate this function through live speech.
This other function, live speechallows us to write what we want and will be played out loud. During a phone call, in a FaceTime conversation, or in other supported apps. Applications that will be updated as iOS 17 is available to everyone. You can even use this option face to face.
In this way, thanks to personal voice anyone can talk through your Apple devices. Although he cannot do it himself due to hoarseness or aphasia resulting from a degenerative disease. Such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or frontotemporal dementia, among others.