WhatsApp, the social messaging app owned by Facebook, is getting a new update on iOS. The new update for iOS brings new features including support for iPhone XS Max. The social messaging service is now among the top grossing applications to support Apple’s biggest smartphone yet.
Some of the key features being introduced as part of this update, which weighs at 92.2MB on an iPhone XS Max, is consecutive voice messages playback and improved interface design when you long press a message. With the update, WhatsApp for iOS, jumps to version 2.18.100 and it now plays consecutive voice messages in sequence. The feature eliminates the need for its user to press play on each message.
The update also brings a UI redesign for the way you respond to messages with the long press action. When you long press a message, the new design makes it faster and easier to reply, forward, delete, copy or star the message. The update mostly brings consumer facing features aimed to enhance the user experience on Apple’s mobile operating system. The update comes just months after the release of iOS 12, the major release for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
WhatsApp has been in the news for a lot of reasons lately but it has not limited its developers from pushing new features. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum recently left the company citing tensions with Facebook’s upper management team including CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He claimed the company undermined the importance of end-to-end encryption built into WhatsApp.
The platform is also being criticized for not doing enough to limit the spread the false messages on its platform. While it now clearly labels messages as ‘Forwarded’ and restricts users from sending more than five forwarded messages in a day, the platform has proven to be cause for major violence and lynching in India. WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels is scheduled to meet Indian government this month to lay out strategy to prevent misinformation ahead of elections next year.
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While it is caught with issues like government scrutiny and departure of top executives, the service with over 1.5 billion monthly active users remains the go-to messaging service. It is reportedly testing new features like Silent and Vacation mode as a way to help users better manage their time on the platform.