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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks voice messaging in analyst meeting

updated 03:44 pm EDT, Wed July 2, 2014

Fuels speculation of voice messaging on iWatch

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently advocated voice messaging in a private talk, according to a new memo by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. "When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages," the note reads . "Porting this capability to the [i]watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."

Better voice messaging will be one of the minor highlights of iOS 8, which is coming to iPhones, iPods, and iPads this fall. Unlike iOS 7, which only allows dictating messages, iOS 8 will support sending short audio clips, much like a number of third-party apps. If it appears on the iWatch, the technology will presumably send and receive messages via a tethered iOS device.

Voice could help Apple in the Chinese market due to the complexity of the language. Even simplified Chinese can be cumbersome to enter on a smartphone or tablet, since it involves either complex keyboards or drawing individual characters.




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  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: 11-28-08

    Both Google and Microsoft have translation services. Apple has nada. There are areas that Apple falls well short of those other companies and that's where acquisitions could come in. It seems as though Siri was treated like a hobby.

  1. Inkling

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    Joined: 07-25-06

    Tim Cook is right. It is "easier to send a voice message." But at the other end, that voice message can be a nuisance. It takes longer to process than reading. In public places, others can hear it unless you put on earphones. In noisy places, it may be hard to hear.

    Remember, Chinese has a far more complex written language that English. Typing a message in Chinese takes far longer than it does in English. Voice messaging is probably great for them. It's less so for us.

    Here, it's unlikely that, "Better voice messaging will be one of the minor highlights of iOS 8." I'd rather see Apple devote more attention to spell-check suggestions. For iOS and OS X, the suggestion engine is so dreadful, a single missing letter leaves it clueless. Fixing that would make text messaging and indeed all of life easier. Apple might even want to add a remote suggestion query feature. Google search certainly knows how to figure out a word's correct spelling.

  1. aSevie

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    Joined: 03-01-01

    I've been saying this was my last iphone unless Apple adds something similar to swipe to it's terribly inferior keyboards. Thankfully they listened! Siri for voice dictation into my phone for a text message? Please. I don't want to talk to my phone to send messages, this makes it completely useless in any type of meeting or quiet place, as an option, sure, great, more power to them, for a main method of input, no thanks. If it works for the Chinese languages and over there, great, go for it.

  1. DiabloConQueso

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    Joined: 06-11-08

    Don't forget that the new iOS also allows developers to install their own keyboards, so theoretically (and practically) they could implement "quick-type" features similar to Swype and others.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by iphonerulezView Post

    Both Google and Microsoft have translation services. Apple has nada. There are areas that Apple falls well short of those other companies and that's where acquisitions could come in. It seems as though Siri was treated like a hobby.



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