WhatsApp developers have updated the iOS app for the messaging platform to add a number of improvements including a new feature to the app. According to a detailed report by WABetaInfo, the latest version of the app with version number 2.18.90 does not support iOS 7 and instead, only supports iOS 8 and later versions. This means that users who are still rocking an iPhone 4 or users who are using iPhone 4S, 5, and 5S but have not updated their mobile operating system will not be able to download newer versions of the app.
The report did point out that if you have previously activated your WhatsApp account on iPhone 4 and other iOS 7-powered devices, then you can still use the version 2.18.81 of WhatsApp on these devices until February 1, 2020. Talking about the iOS versions that WhatsApp supports, the report does mention that the latest version of WhatsApp still does not support iOS 12 officially. Developers are working on the version that officially supports iOS 12 but users will have to “wait a few updates” before they can expect WhatsApp to completely support the upcoming version of iOS.
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Moving to other features, WhatsApp has added the ‘Suspicious Link’ feature to iOS to help users recognize any suspicious links in the chat. The report pointed out that the app locally analyzes the links that are shared on the chat to detect if they are suspicious which means that it is not sending any data to any server. We are not clear about what would constitute to be a suspicious link but the report points out that “unusual characters” in the link makes a link suspicious.
WhatsApp has also posted a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) on its official website regarding this new feature pointing out that “when a link contains a combination of characters that is considered unusual”, the app will make the link as suspicious. If users try to open such a link then the app will show a pop-up message informing the user about the suspicious link. The report clarified that WhatsApp “does not collect detected suspicious links”.
The company is also slowly rolling out Notification Extension support which means that it will be enabled in a few days on your app if you can’t already see it. This new feature allows users to view images and GIFs directly as previews from your notifications. It also allows users to download these images and GIFs directly from notifications. The new update also brings Wallet support to WhatsApp.
Last but not the least, users will be able to see the profile picture of the contacts next to their names while viewing any WhatsApp status update and they can also search through the status updates.