When she's not singing or trying to remove pictures of her house from the internet, it turns out Barbra Streisand has a direct line to Apple CEO Tim Cook. She claims to have given Cook a ring about how Siri pronounces her name, and with it appears to have given away the date iOS 10 will be arriving.
If you pull up Siri and ask her “Who is the only female vocalist who has had hit records for six straight decades?”, the virtual assistant will reply with Barbra Streisand. The only problem is that Siri pronounces it Streizand, which is apparently incorrect. According to Streisand her last name is pronounced with a "soft s" rather than a hard s - which is apparently what the kids are calling the letter Z these days.
I’ve been saying this for my whole career. And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on September 30th…So let’s see if that happens because I will be thrilled.”
Did you get that last bit? Streisand non-nonchalantly told us when iOS is due for another update, and we've known for a while that we won't be seeing any more of iOS 9. Thanks for the info Barbra, if only we could consider you a legitimate source of leaked information. You're just not as trustworthy as all those anonymous blogs and Twitter accounts.
I think the bigger topic here is that famous people apparently get to call Tim Cook and have conversations whenever they feel like it. If you've big enough star power, you can have changes made to an entire OS ecosystem, used by millions of people, seemingly at a whim that only really affects you. I suppose fame has to come with some perks to make up for the loss of privacy, especially if iCloud is involved.
So mark 30th September in your calendars, it might be the day we all get the non-beta release of iOS 10. Or it might not. We'll just have to wait and see. [Stereogum]
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