Apple Pauses iPhone Offline Messaging Project

· Andrew Orr · Link

According to a report (paywall) Apple has reportedly paused an iPhone offline message project, dubbed a ‘walkie-talkie’ feature.

The report claims Apple was working with Intel on the project, which supposedly would have enabled iPhone users to send messages directly to other iPhone users over long-distance radio waves that bypass cellular networks, adding that the technology was designed to run over the 900 MHz radio spectrum.

The project is said to have been suspended in part because the Apple executive heading it, Rubén Caballero, left the company earlier this year. The technology also relied on Intel modems, according to the report, and Apple is expected to start using Qualcomm modems in iPhones again starting in 2020.

Hopefully Apple considers starting the project again in the future. I could’ve used offline messaging this weekend.

watchOS 5 Developer Beta 2 Adds Walkie-Talkie

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

watchOS 5 Walkie-Talkie feature on Apple Watch

watchOS 5 developer beta 2 for Apple Watch is out and it includes the Walkie-Talkie voice chat feature first shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June.