Apple generally makes announcements in one of three ways. Either we get the full-blown on-stage product reveal bonanza, a slickly produced video (these replaced the former during the coronavirus pandemic) or a quiet press release via the Apple Newsroom web page. That’s how the company just announced Personal Voice, a new accessibility feature – but judging by the response, it may have warranted something more dramatic.

As part of a bundle of new accessibility features including new visual app layouts, Apple revealed Personal Voice, a tool that, thanks to on-machine learning, can create a voice that sounds just like the user after a mere 15 minutes of training. (In the market for new gear? Check out the latest iPhone 14 deals.)  

Personal Voice on iPhone

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“For users at risk of losing their ability to speak — such as those with a recent diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or other conditions that can progressively impact speaking ability — Personal Voice is a simple and secure way to create a voice that sounds like them,” Apple says (opens in new tab). “Users can create a Personal Voice by reading along with a randomised set of text prompts to record 15 minutes of audio on iPhone or iPad.”

iOS accessibility features on an iPad and iPhone

The new accessibility features were announced via the Apple Newsroom (opens in new tab) (Image credit: Apple)

And the announcement has certainly caused a stir online, with social media users blown away by the idea of a realistic, AI-generated voice being created in just 15 minutes.

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Of course, some are also finding the idea a little creepy, with one Redditor (opens in new tab) commenting that it “sounds like Black Mirror,” and many others wondering whether it could provide opportunities for scammers, there’s no denying that the tech sounds impressive – and potentially extremely useful from an accessibility point of view.

Meanwhile, the rumour mill is already churning out a ton of leaks and tidbits about the iPhone 15 and iOS 17. If you don’t fancy waiting, take a look at today’s best iPhone 15 deals below.

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Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).

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