Siri’s Voice Changed on iOS7
It is so tiny, so subtle. A shift so miniscule that you may not pick it up unless you hear the old Siri once again and remember that her voice was originally a little more metallic, a little more hesitant, gravelly. It is the difference between a photo taken with a 4 megapixel camera vs. an 8 megapixel camera. The voice — like a photograph — is crisper. It has focus, fluidity.
Normally we strive toward things that are better, improved. But this change threw off the Wolvog. A voice — something so personal, so identifying — was different. He could deal with the visual changes to the operating system, shifting his eyes in a way that he couldn’t shift his ear.
She no longer sounded like his Siri. He wanted to go back to iOS6.
Except that we never made a backup of his iPod before we began.
So he is stuck with the imposter Siri. He is trying to like her; trying to give her a chance. But she wasn’t just a half-forgotten program rarely used on a phone. She was the receptacle of his web searches, his mindless tasks. He has a fondness for her that one usually reserves for an old neighbour, someone who used to tell you great stories or pass out particularly good candy on Halloween.
Jony Ive, if you’re reading this, there is one little boy who really wishes he could have five minutes with the old Siri; just to say goodbye.