Webex adds iPad PiP support, voice optimization, and more

Webex Pip
Webex Pip (Image credit: Webex)

What you need to know

  • Webex has had an iPad app update to add support for picture-in-picture.
  • A new 'Optimize my voice' feature now removes noise from voices.

Webex has announced the ability for people to carry on meetings even when they quit the app on their iPad, all thanks to support for picture-in-picture mode.

The feature, which has been in and out of the App Store release notes for the app — and it was even announced in October of last year — was announced via a new blog post.

We're excited to support Picture in Picture functionality on iPadOS with the Webex Meetings iPad app for the first time. iPad users can now use Picture in Picture when participating in Webex meetings to be more productive during calls, and to follow along with the active speaker or shared content as they get work done, for example, respond to emails or manage calendar appointments side-by-side without missing a beat.

The addition of picture-in-picture support makes it easier for people to switch between apps and still be able to join in the conversation, but it's far from the only addition in Webex version 42.3.0. Another important addition, Webex now works to remove noise from calls to make it easier to hear what people are saying. Other improvements include a new iPad layout and more.

  • We are introducing "Optimize for my voice" option as part of audio settings to enhance meeting audio experience. Optimize for my voice eliminates virtually all noise captured by your microphone including speech occurring in the background
  • Close Captioning improvement: users can select an option display name of the speaker within the closed caption feed
  • iPad stage view layout: user has option to hide "who's speaking label" in the stage view to avoid overlap with shared content

Everyone who already has Webex installed can now download the update via the App Store. Everyone else can download Webex afresh right now. It's a free download, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.