Voice Memos gains Enhanced Recording, Smart Folders in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur

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Apple's slate of operating system updates for 2020 brings noteworthy improvements to the Voice Memos app, including a new Enhance Recording feature.

Voice Memos in macOS Mojave. Credit: Apple
Voice Memos in macOS Mojave. Credit: Apple

In both macOS Big Sur and iOS 14, Voice Memos gets new features like Enhanced Recording, the ability to mark favorites, and organizational options thanks to smart folders.

Apple says the Enhanced Recording feature will reduce "background noise and room reverberation with a single tap," which could mean clearer audio for users on iPhone and Mac. The addition could be useful for podcast creators or musicians, particularly when paired with the "studio-quality" microphones in the 2020 iPad Pro or 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Users will also get the ability to group audio recordings into folders and mark specific ones as favorites. A new Smart Folders option will automatically group together recordings from Apple Watch, recently deleted clips and Favorites.

The new capabilities were spotted by 9to5Mac on Tuesday.

Voice Memos was originally an iOS-specific feature, but was introduced to macOS in Mojave thanks to Apple's Catalyst technology.

The new Voice Memos app is available to developers testing out the new 2020 software updates in beta. It will launch to the public on iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur in the fall.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 726member
    Use Voice Memos all the time sounds like it just got even better.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    qwerty52qwerty52 Posts: 364member
    iOS_Guy80 said:
    Use Voice Memos all the time sounds like it just got even better.
    Me too, it’s very useful.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    zhtfreakzhtfreak Posts: 31member
    Better quality is nice, but Apple needs to allow using the stereo mics on the newer iPhones. It makes no sense that they're restricted to video recording.

    If they allowed stereo recording on the newer iPhones, I could ditch my Siri shortcut for converting a video to an audio file as a work around. 
  • Reply 4 of 4
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Automated cleanup of reverb, room tone, hissing or other background noises is a smart addition for podcasters, although I wonder if the tool has a range of adjustments which may be applied. Background noises cover a very wide range.
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