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It turns out TechCrunch writers have really strong opinions about Apple’s new Walkie-Talkie feature

Apple today said it is rolling out a walkie-talkie like feature for the Apple Watch , which is something that seems a really long time coming but just never made it until 2018 when the Apple Watch was out for many years and is on its third iteration. The new watch has a cellular connection, which seems like a good enough time to add walkie talkie features (or maybe they were waiting for that red dial to make it feel cool). You talk into your watch inspector gadget style, which seems like a final actualization of our childhood dreams and ignite a hope that the future may finally be here. Or not. But what was actually a little more surprising was the alarmingly lively discussion that took place following the announcement, as well as the very strong opinions some TechCrunch writers have about the walkie talkie app and its storied history. Here’s a couple snapshots of the discussion. Also, everyone was warned about this post, so I have plausible deniability. Be sure to check out the rest of TechCrunch’s coverage of WWDC 2018 , Apple’s annual developer conference in San Jose.

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