Apple Watch concept imagines handy voice messaging feature

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A quick alternative to lengthy phone calls.
Photo: Patryk Gajdarski

This sweet Apple Watch concept imagines a brand-new voice messaging feature that would allow watchOS users to send each other voice messages.

Apple Watch already allows users to make calls and send texts, but voice messaging is not yet part of its default featureset.

For a wearable device, Apple Watch is pretty excellent at ensuring its users can stay in touch with friends on the move. In addition to phone calls and messages, it has a useful Walkie-Talkie feature.

Apple Watch also provides access to a long list of third-party messaging serices. But what if you don’t have time to make a call or send a text, and you can’t use Walkie-Talkie?

This concept from Dribbble designer Patryk Gajdarski imagines a great voice messaging solution.

Voice messaging concept for Apple Watch

The idea is relatively simple: It’s a standalone app that allows watchOS users to record and send short voice messages. It would function in much the same way voice messaging does in the Messages app.

A built-in search button would make it easier to find contacts. If you really need to make a proper call, there’s a phone button alongside each contact’s name to initiate one.

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Unread messages counters ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Photo: Patryk Gajdarski

Other Messages features are also baked in, like “sent” and “seen” timestamps for each voice message. There’s also an unread message counter so you don’t miss anything accidentally.

watchOS 7 preview coming in June

Sadly, there’s no sign of voice messaging coming to watchOS just yet. That doesn’t mean Apple won’t surprise us with the same functionality — perhaps baked into Messages — in a future update, of course.

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“Seen” timestaps show if your message was heard.
Photo: Patryk Gajdarski

Apple’s next big release, watchOS 7, will get its first public preview at the Worldwide Developer Conference 2020 in June. This year’s event will be online-only, but Apple has promised it will be huge.