Apple CEO Tim Cook may have hinted at an iWatch feature when he pointed out the significance of the voice messaging feature in iOS 8. UBS analyst Steve Milunovich has detailed a conversation he held with Cook in a new research note sent to investors this week.
In the note, Milunovich refers to comments Cook made surrounding the messaging feature coming to iOS devices in spring, and believes the comments provide a key insight into the possible feature list of the much-rumoured Apple smart watch, often referred to as the ‘iWatch’.
“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. Porting this capability to the 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,” Milunovich said via Fortune.
The voice messaging feature was shown off by Apple at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference last month and allows users to record and send audio messages via a new microphone icon located to the right of the text box in the Messages app.
The latest rumours around the iWatch believe Apple is preparing for an October launch. The device could run an abbreviated version of iOS 8 and feature at least 10 sensors capable of analysing movement and health-related data.