I have two iPhones at the moment, an iPhone 15 on iOS 17.0.2 and a 2020 iPhone SE on iOS 17.0.1 (both using Samantha), and I wanted to see if anyone else has been experiencing this ... bug? I'm not quite sure that's the right thing to call it, but it has definitely been bugging me.
This isn't something that seems to get brought up very often, but I've been noticing over the past few years that Voiceover seems to receive a few tweaks to its pronunciation dictionary every time Apple releases a major-ish update to iOS. They're not always very noticeable, but can become pretty obvious when listening to the way certain people's names are pronounced; quick example, for the longest time anyone named Aziza would have to hear themselves be referred to as "Aghh-zih-za" instead of "Uh-zeeza". Sometime around iOS 16.4 or so, Apple made what I personally consider some "correct" adjustments so that a lot of the words which would routinely be mispronounced (such as Aziza) were finally being read correctly. Here's the weird bit: when I updated my iPhone 15 to 17.0.2, Voiceover pronunciation seems to have regressed backward to the state where the Azizas of the world might cringe every time they heard their phones speak their names. On the other hand, the iPhone SE on 17.0.1 is still hanging on to the "correct" pronunciation dictionary. I'm not sure what's going on here—I guess something could have happened either when I was transferring data between the old and new phones or during the update to 17.0.2. Oh well ... any thoughts? Best case scenario the issue fixes itself over the next few days.