Tim Cook isn’t going to casually just let the iWatch slip from his lips while speaking with a financial analyst, but he might have dropped a major hint that the iWatch is indeed coming. Are there really any doubters at this point anyway?
In a conversation with UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, Cook made comments that very clearly showed why Apple might want to build and sell an 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,” Milunovich said in a note to investors obtained by Fortune. “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.”
Voice messages are front and center in iOS 8, so it does indeed make sense that the iWatch might have this function built-in as well, particularly if it links up with iMessage. In iOS 8, for example, you can record quick voice snippets and send them off to friends right from iMessage, instead of recording separate clips in the microphone application.
Here’s what it looks like:
We don’t yet know when the iWatch will launch, though there are pundits who believe the announcement will come sometime in October.