Walkie Talkie Apple Watch to Apple Watch only? Apple, really?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Kantosam, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. Kantosam macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Let's see if this has any purchase with you folks... Do I understand that the new Apple Watch walkie Talkie feature is limited to comms between two :apple: Watches? So, obviously, this post comes from my experience; but aren't there others like me? I'm really the only one in my family of three iPhones who has the AW. Anyway, sure would be great -- and how hard would this be -- to allow me to use the WT feature between me and my wife's or daughter's iPhones. The cynical side of me whispers -- Apple easily considered this and elected actively to limit this to earn more :apple: Watch sales. I think I'm right.
  2. applewatch macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2014
    If only Apple were to make a device where you could immediately call people with...

    No. You're not.
  3. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
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  4. Ahhz macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2014
    If only we could communicate to members in the house briefly with a quick voice message from watch to phone, without *ugh*, calling them.

    Yes. You are.
  5. Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017
    Pretty sure you can send voice messages through iMessage.
  6. Kantosam thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Actually, thank you. That's what I meant... Be very convenient to just WT my family down stairs, outside, while they're shopping instead of using Siri to "Hey, Siri, call..." or tapping through... contacts, etc. Can't get my wife, kids interested in the AW. But they always have their phones with them...
  7. Ahhz macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2014
    Eh, you know what I mean. Just a quick blurb and bam, done. We use Heytell app for that now but it would be nice to have the official Apple walkie talkie app for phones.
  8. Rangers94 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2014
    I agree with you. All about the mighty dollar. It’s also ridiculous that Apple forces you to pay extra for LTE if you want a Stainless Steel Watch regardless if you want LTE or not.
  9. ThugFreak macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2018
    Could you use "Facetime" instead?
    Isn't "Walkie Talkie" using the "Facetime" app?
    If you delete the "Facetime" app, "Walkie Talkie" doesn't work.
    (I don't have an Apple watch)
  10. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    FaceTime, calling, voice messages are not the same thing as push to talk. The point is the message comes through without interaction and immediately - you aren’t answering a call, you aren’t opening a message with an attachment

    The only reason I can think of is that your phone is more often not in your hand so you’d miss a message?
  11. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    I was just thinking this. If I'm out my phone is with me but often in my purse. In that case I wouldn't hear a walkie talkie message, or might hear something but not be able to make it out/catch it in time. I would hear my phone ringing, though, and I'd also check for messages. I always have my phone with me but I wouldn't necessarily hear a WT type messages through my phone because it's not always right in my hand. I wouldn't miss it on my watch because I'd be alerted with the haptic so I'd know a message is incoming and then hear it on my wrist.

    I personally think it being watch only makes sense.
  12. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Now S3, especially second hand ones, are pretty cheap you could try to sway them again. :)
  13. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    You could have a notification that you press to listen back to the message I guess. Would make it a little less immediate but doable.

    I do think the addressable market is a limitation - even with Apple Watch becoming more popular, you're unlikely to have one on every member of your family etc.
  14. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2013
    I personally think that even the watch WT will shift to this, where you have a notification, then you open up the app and it plays the convo. There will be a ton of complaints as time goes on with inappropriate messages during meetings or out in public.

    It would be perfect as another app on the phone, that you can play with either on the phone and/or the watch.
  15. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    Yeah the immediate sound playing (quite loudly) off your wrist as you're in a shop or restaurant will quickly have people turning the app off. Needs a little knock on your wrist
  16. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    I'd definitely prefer if, after the haptic, I could then press "play" or something. Vs it just taking at me. lol.
  17. Mac'nCheese Suspended


    Feb 9, 2010
    Correct me if I'm wrong but you can't replay a message if you didn't hear it. So isn't sending a voice message better because the person can play it when they want to and replay it if they need to?
  18. CipherMe macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006

    Yea, God knows how many years of your life that would take off you.

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