Apple Watch’s Walkie-Talkie feature in watchOS 5 uses FaceTime Audio technology

June 5, 2018


Shown for the first time during the WWDC 2018 keynote, Walkie-Talkie allows users to communicate with contacts using their Apple Watch. Pressing an onscreen “Talk” button opens the line of communication between the two users, with the recipient’s device automatically playing out their contact’s message over speakerphone.

Described as “real-time voice but with the spontaneity of short messaging” during the demonstration, the process of setting up the Walkie-Talkie communication and how it operates reveals that it works similar to a limited-functionality FaceTime call.

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