Apple CEO Tim Cook Hints At iWatch, Claims Voice Messaging Key Feature In iOS 8
It’s iWatch, iWatch, iWatch right now, and when UBS analyst Steven Milunovich managed to get hold of Apple CEO Tim Cook, it was the latter’s apparent favoring of voice messaging that has led the analyst to believe that it could be a main feature for the unannounced but highly anticipated Apple smartwatch.
During the meeting, Tim Cook apparently waxed lyrical about how the Chinese prefer to send short voice messages rather than those containing text and, as a result, iOS 8 is set to incorporate such a feature right into the stock Messages app. With the likes of Facebook already rushing to add similar functionality to its own Facebook Messenger app, voice messages are set to be one of the biggest features of the year. It’s this that leads Milunovich to the conclusion that any iWatch would likely feature a similar function.
The iWatch could come in a variety of forms depending on which rumor you happen to pay attention to, but what doesn’t seem to be of doubt is the fact that the small screen will mean typing on the device is impossible. As a result, voice dictation using Siri will be an important addition to the iWatch but, if Tim Cook’s comments are to be taken into account, the iWatch may favor short voice messages rather than traditional dictation. Still, we’re not sure that anyone will want to talk into their wrists even if it is for a short message.
Interestingly, Cook’s new focus on voice messaging appears to be a response to the Chinese market, one that Apple is currently doing its damndest to conquer. Even if the feature doesn’t take off outside China, making waves there would no doubt make Apple see the venture as a success thanks to the sheer size of the market.
Apple’s rumored iWatch is expected to debut around October of this year, though that’s far from nailed on at this point. And it is also rumored that the device will come with a plethora of sensors for monitoring different health spaces.