Would you like audio chats via iMessage?

Would you like audio chats via iMessage?


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abshole765

macrumors 6502a
Jun 10, 2013
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I can't wait until they make it possible to have audio texts. Y'know, instead of reading what they say, you hear them. No need to see them, just hear.

;)
 

lancastor

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
754
285
An audio note is in some cases faster as typing in a long text. The other person is more "real" and you can put more emotions in an audio note as you can do in a text message, even when you are using smilies.

Facetime audio is not the same as sending a short audio note.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
44,422
771
An audio note is in some cases faster as typing in a long text. The other person is more "real" and you can put more emotions in an audio note as you can do in a text message, even when you are using smilies.
There's a term for that. It's called "voicemail".
 

3bs

macrumors 603
May 20, 2011
5,430
23
Dublin, Ireland
There's a term for that. It's called "voicemail".
When/if Apple implements this you can carry on and not use it. Voicemail isn't as fast as what he's describing. It works pretty well in WhatsApp and would be a nice addition to iMessage. I rarely use it myself but it's not a useless feature.
 

BvizioN

macrumors 603
Mar 16, 2012
5,152
3,143
Manchester, UK
An audio note is in some cases faster as typing in a long text.
And then I struggle to figure out what they are saying from the noisy environment they are audio messaging me from, while reading can be lot more understandable! By the way, if you don't like to type, just use voice to text! I find it it works well.

So, no! I don't think I would use it.
 

ra4oasis

macrumors 6502
Jul 10, 2010
352
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I really don't see the point in this. There are so many other ways to do this, having the option in iMessage would only confuse novice users. Call them, leave a voicemail, use the voice recording app and then send, and so on.
 

MisakixMikasa

macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2013
776
2
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
I really don't see the point in this. There are so many other ways to do this, having the option in iMessage would only confuse novice users. Call them, leave a voicemail, use the voice recording app and then send, and so on.
You guys clearly never used apps like WeChat or QQ. The ability of sending voice message is so great especially when you trying to compse a long message.

Voice mail is so cumbersome to use. You have to call them first, then leave the message. To check your voice mail, you need enter password, making whole bunch of choice, then you get hear the message.

According to your logic, iMessage should simply a messaging app. There should not be option for attching picutures or files. Having these option in iMessage would only confuse email users. Email then, attaching the file, send them and so on.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,102
2,095
Oregon
Are you talking about something like AT&Ts "Push to talk" or Nextel/Sprints "Direct Connect"?

It's actually a fairly useful feature, but there are apps that have this functionality.
 

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
10,906
1,186
Washington DC
You guys clearly never used apps like WeChat or QQ. The ability of sending voice message is so great especially when you trying to compse a long message.
But the iPhone CAN send voice-dictated messages without any trips to the app store.

If you're after an audio file then you use the Voice Memos app which comes with every iPhone. And if it's just dictation you need, Siri can handle that.

So the question is not "should we have voice memos" but rather "should there be a special button built into Messages to make it easier?"

And my answer to that is no. There are 2 different ways to do this already. There's no reason to add a 3rd method that will clutter up the app for the vast majority of people who wouldn't use it.
 

MisakixMikasa

macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2013
776
2
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Are you talking about something like AT&Ts "Push to talk" or Nextel/Sprints "Direct Connect"?

It's actually a fairly useful feature, but there are apps that have this functionality.
I think OP is talking about able to compse message using your voice. WeChat has this built in. I use this very frequently when chat with friends. You just press recording, then record your message, then send it. It is time saving when you trying to compse long message where you have type for long time.

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But the iPhone CAN send voice-dictated messages without any trips to the app store.

If you're after an audio file then you use the Voice Memos app which comes with every iPhone. And if it's just dictation you need, Siri can handle that.

So the question is not "should we have voice memos" but rather "should there be a special button built into Messages to make it easier?"

And my answer to that is no. There are 2 different ways to do this already. There's no reason to add a 3rd method that will clutter up the app for the vast majority of people who wouldn't use it.
I disagree. I found when typing long messages, voice messaging inside the messaging app is exteremly useful. I don't have to leave my current app to accomplish same objective. I just have to press the button, record my message, send it... It is lot esaier to have to back and forth...

I guss this is same idea with file manager. Yes, lots of things can be done without file system, but just really complicated and annoying. For ease of use, things like file manager should come with the OS
 

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
10,906
1,186
Washington DC
It is time saving when you trying to compse long message where you have type for long time.

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I disagree. I found when typing long messages, voice messaging inside the messaging app is exteremly useful.
So, wait. You're not doing this for a really specific reason like you're singing a song or recording a car noise or something?

You're just doing it because talking is faster than typing?
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,102
2,095
Oregon
I think OP is talking about able to compse message using your voice. WeChat has this built in. I use this very frequently when chat with friends. You just press recording, then record your message, then send it. It is time saving when you trying to compse long message where you have type for long time.
Isn't that basically how Push to talk works? You send a voice message to the other person or persons. Your phone can essentially work like a walkie-talkie.
 

OutSpoken

macrumors 6502a
Jun 9, 2009
883
91
UK
Well OP I actually made of use of the voicenote feature yesterday with my wife. We were both amused by it, like using walkie talkies:D and its definitely not the same as sending voicemail.

It was a lot easier/quicker sending the short voicenote whereas my large hands creates texting errors often when typing quickly.

It was very handy, so I'd like to see the feature implemented in iMessage.

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But the iPhone CAN send voice-dictated messages without any trips to the app store.

If you're after an audio file then you use the Voice Memos app which comes with every iPhone. And if it's just dictation you need, Siri can handle that.

So the question is not "should we have voice memos" but rather "should there be a special button built into Messages to make it easier?"

And my answer to that is no. There are 2 different ways to do this already. There's no reason to add a 3rd method that will clutter up the app for the vast majority of people who wouldn't use it.

But the method you are suggesting wouldn't create a chat log like how e.g Whatsapp does. Or does it?
 

MisakixMikasa

macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2013
776
2
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
So, wait. You're not doing this for a really specific reason like you're singing a song or recording a car noise or something?

You're just doing it because talking is faster than typing?
Yes, pretty much, but with all the voice conversion saved upon the server. You can review all the conversion log anytime you want. Same as traditional text message.

Isn't that basically how Push to talk works? You send a voice message to the other person or persons. Your phone can essentially work like a walkie-talkie.
Yes, bascially.
 

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
10,906
1,186
Washington DC
But the method you are suggesting wouldn't create a chat log like how e.g Whatsapp does. Or does it?
What's a chat log?

The voice memos would be saved in Messages just like any other media you send and receive. You can play it back in the future.

Is that a log or is a log something different?


Yes, pretty much, but with all the voice conversion saved upon the server. You can review all the conversion log anytime you want. Same as traditional text message.
If that's all it is I would encourage you to us Siri more. It would be nicer to your friends.
 

GreyOS

macrumors 68040
Apr 12, 2012
3,287
1,615
Why not. Lots of messaging services now allow you to deliver recorded audio/video messages, including Facebook, Whatsapp and Skype. Someone said it would be too complicated. The photo button next to the text field could just be an attachments button, presenting a few more options. Easy.
 
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