Amid a new wave of artificial intelligence, Apple iPhones will soon be able to speak in their users’ voices.

The new iPhone feature, Personal Voice, will give users randomized text prompts to generate 15 minutes of audio. Another feature, Live Speech, will allow users to save commonly used phrases for the device to speak during phone calls and in-person conversations.

Apple said it will use machine learning, a type of AI, to create the voice on the device itself, rather than externally, so the data can be more secure and private.

The tech giant notes that these tools will help users who are speech-impaired. For example, a man diagnosed with ALS who is losing his ability to speak said, “If you can tell them you love them, in a voice that sounds like you, it makes all the difference in the world.”

But critics say this could pose security and privacy threats in the future.

However, Apple said Personal Voice is expected to be released before the end of the year.

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Source: The Hill