02:04 - Source: CNN
'I provided the voice of Siri'

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Susan Bennett says she is the voice of the original U.S. version of Siri on Apple's iPhone

Apple won't comment, but other sources -- including an audio forensic expert -- confirm this

Recordings from 2005 were used for Siri; hearing herself six years later was a surprise

How CNN's Jessica Ravitz, who had never used Siri, found Bennett is also shocking

Sandy Springs, Georgia CNN —  

For the past two years, she’s been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans. She’s starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel. She’s provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she’s wearing.

She is Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual “assistant” introduced to the masses with the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.

Behind this groundbreaking technology there is a real woman. While the ever-secretive Apple has never identified her, all signs indicate that the original voice of Siri in the United States is a voiceover actor who laid down recordings for a client eight years ago. She had no idea she’d someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone.

Her name is Susan Bennett and she lives in suburban Atlanta.

Apple won’t confirm it. But Bennett says she is Siri. Professionals who know her voice, have worked with her and represent her legally say she is Siri. And an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience has studied both voices and says he is “100%” certain the two are the same.