We’ve been speculating on Apple’s partnership with Nuance for some weeks now, and confirmation the two companies are working together comes with the new speech technology discovered in the Mac OS X Lion beta. Now you can hear those new voices for yourself.
You can listen to online examples of the new Nuance based voices which are improved over Apple’s previous text-to-speech voices via these links:
- English American Accent – Samantha
- English British Accent – Serena
- French Canadian – Felix
- Spanish – Monica
- Finnish – Mikko
- German – Yannick
- Mandarin Chinese – Mei Ling
Both Mikko and Yannick can be seen in the Mac OS X Lion screen capture above.