Apple announced this week that watchOS 9 will allow users to make VoIP calls directly from the Apple Watch via compatible third-party apps.
During its WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple said that users will be able to start, end or mute VoIP calls from Apple Watch in a compatible app like Webex. The feature will allow Apple Watch users to answer VoIP calls from their wrist, and has been made possible by Apple for developers to expand its CallKit framework for watchOS 9.
Apple hasn’t shared any additional details about this feature at this time, and it remains to be seen whether some of the more popular VoIP calling apps like WhatsApp will offer this functionality on the Apple Watch in the coming months.
It’s already possible to make calls over Wi-Fi on the Apple Watch via FaceTime Audio in the Phone app, and expanded support for VoIP calls in watchOS 9 will give Apple Watch users more options in the future. watchOS 9 is currently available in developer beta and will be released to all users in the fall, potentially in September.