watchOS 5 Beta 2 Includes Functional Walkie-Talkie App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In the first watchOS 5 beta, the Walkie-Talkie app, which is one of the key new features in the update, was unavailable and said only "Coming Soon," but in the second watchOS 5 beta, the Walkie-Talkie feature is available.

    When you launch the Walkie-Talkie app after installing the second beta update, you'll be able to scroll through your contacts and choose a person to connect to. The person on the receiving end of your Walkie-Talkie message will hear their Apple Watch beep and then they'll see a screen that will allow them to approve a connection.


    At the current time, it appears that you can only choose "always allow" when opting to enable a connection with a person.

    Once a two-way connection is established, you simply press and hold down on the talk button to communicate, as does the person on the other end. Conversations, which we've been testing, are crisp and clear with excellent audio quality.


    If your Apple Watch is on silent mode, Walkie-Talkie ignores it, so you're still going to hear Walkie-Talkie beeps and incoming conversations. The same is true for Do Not Disturb Mode and Theater Mode, but there is a Walkie-Talkie volume toggle accessible by turning the Digital Crown. With a push-to-talk connection turned on, you and the person you're connected to can chat at any time, with no additional approval options available.

    You can have multiple Walkie-Talkie conversations going at once, with each conversation listed in the app.


    While a Walkie-Talkie conversation is enabled with another person, both of you will see a yellow Walkie-Talkie icon at the top of the Apple Watch.


    If you want to mute a Walkie-Talkie conversation so you can no longer be contacted, you can scroll up on the Walkie-Talkie app interface and toggle off the "Available" icon. When unavailable, if someone tries to speak to you, they'll see a message that you are unavailable, and you'll receive a notification.


    If you want to resume your conversations with people, you can turn the toggle back to "Available" and everything will work as normal. Both people in the conversation need to have themselves set to "Available" in the Walkie-Talkie app for it to be fully functional.

    Walkie-Talkie and the other watchOS 5 features will be limited to developers until watchOS 5 is released in the fall, as Apple does not provide betas of watchOS to the public.

    Article Link: watchOS 5 Beta 2 Includes Functional Walkie-Talkie App
  2. neoian macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    Kind of defeats the point of silent mode IMO
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
  4. Chris Grande macrumors regular

    Chris Grande

    Jun 17, 2003
    Does Theatre Mode set Walkie-Talkie availability to "OFF"?
  5. Arcus macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    of my hand will get me slapped.
    Just what we need, another way for "public speakerphone" idiots to annoy everyone around them .
  6. iTuna macrumors newbie


    Feb 11, 2017
  7. fozz3d macrumors newbie


    Feb 18, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
  8. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Have you had that issue on a Series 3?
  9. fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco, USA
    Nah, the whole fun of walkie talkies is that the other person doesn't even approve. You just blast whatever you want on a certain frequency.
  10. and 1989 others macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
    That's not what a wallow talkie does. A walker talkie it's a hand set which is in an open frequency with zero latency between speaking and the listeners hearing. More than one. This is nothing more than VoIP on the watch.
  11. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  12. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Can I just say "Kirk to Spock" if my name is Kirk and I want to speak to Spock? Can Spock just say "Spock here" to accept Kirk's summoning of him?

    If so, I will buy an Apple Watch right now, solely for the purpose of making this bit of Star Trek come to life.
  13. RogerWilco macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Where is your child-like wonder? We're all just kids inside and this app brings out the best in us. Just think, at the next business meeting you can joke with a pal across the room. Everyone will be in awe at your mastery of this new frontier in social media! Jony, Tim, Phil, you are all on a roll, just keep those winners coming!!
  14. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    What is that thingy you talk about....:)

    Totally unrelated and off topic, I thought for a moment 1989 others replied to this thread, see screenshot below.

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  15. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    This would be far more useful if you could set it up between a whole group of people, like you can with real walkie talkies tuned to the same channel. Otherwise it really seems like a gimmick.
  16. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    Ok, now I see the light....:D
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    oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    What most people that never used Nextel didn't appreciate was it was extremely low voice latency with the walkie talkie feature. Like, nearly CB radio low latency. This is one of the reason construction guys liked it so much. When operating a crane or loading big heavy things, the delay you get with a cell phone voice call can be too much. When you say stop, you want the other guy to hear it immediately (or as close to immediate as possible). Other than using a CB radio, Nextel was the next best thing.
  18. Lidar macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2015
    The only thing I dont understand why Apple didn’t add, is the ability to notify you before the other person blasts out over your speaker something obscene in a crowded area.

    At least Star Trek’s communicators told you that someone was wanting to talk to you first. You know that beep that is coincidentally my text tone? :cool:
  19. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Maybe I am missing something, but isn't one key feature of a walkie-talkie that you must press down (and hold pressed down) a button while you speak, allowing you to reliably and easily stop 'transmitting' by simply releasing this button. And it is exactly this* that differentiates a Walkie-Talkie from a phone call, including VoIP and thus FaceTime calls?

    *Plus the ability to reach multiple people but FaceTime has gained that now as well.
  20. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Nope. Neither does Do Not Disturb. But there is a volume toggle that you can control with the Digital Crown to turn down the volume of the person on the other end.
  21. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    The other person HAS to approve. They need to have their walkie talkie ON, and on the particular channel you're broadcasting on.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 19, 2018 ---
    Walkie Talkies don't function that way. Your walkie talkie is on, and connected to the same channel as the other person, you can't control what they say.
  22. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    Why? That wouldn’t make any sense. The screen is too small and the person you’re talking to would be looking up your nose. Unless you hold it in front of your face, but that would be awkward and your wrist would quickly get tired.
  23. kevo0822 macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    New England
    Is this feature only going to work on Series 3? Or will Series 2 be able to use the speaker for this too?
  24. Lidar macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2015
    Walkie Talkies don't function that way. Your walkie talkie is on, and connected to the same channel as the other person, you can't control what they say.[/QUOTE]

    Very true, but we could improve on the functionality of the person-to-person communication method by having some control over when and where you get audio messages delivered without warning.

    Maybe have a function that sets your walky talky mode to do-not disturb whenever I’m at work (via LBS) or any other specific LBS rules you want to add.

    Apple could even add functionality to ask you to talk to someone via the app if it has been more than 30 seconds, 1 minute, 30 minutes, etc. since you last talked. If it has been longer than that specified time, you have to ask to talk again.
  25. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    According to the article, you can set yourself as "Unavailable".

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