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.