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After a little bit of waiting, which seemed like forever, WhatsApp has updated to version 2.11.5 and now fits in with the pristine look of iOS 7. Here’s everything that team WhatsApp has done behind the scenes with what could be the world’s most popular IM.
– new iOS 7 User Interface
– broadcast lists: communicate with your classmates, work colleagues or just friends by messaging many people at once.
– improved share location: 3D map view, hide places, search places
– large thumbs: see more
– new notification alerts and sounds: WhatsApp Settings > Notifications > New Message.
– application will now use your device text size as configured in iOS Settings > General > Text Size
– new improved User Interface for managing your blocked contacts: WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Blocked
– crop image before sending
Reminder: you can backup your WhatsApp conversations into iCloud. Simply visit WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup and tap on “Back Up Now”
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Looks much better.
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Location sending is improved, and it shows.
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Even in landscape, WhatsApp is looking far better.
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That same old settings screen.
The most notable new feature is the ability to broadcast messages to specific lists. This means that we’ll be able to send a mass, single-line message to those we’ve specifically selected in our address book.
What we like of course, is the way WhatsApp now fits in with iOS 7. Before, WhatsApp retained that iOS 6 look and was at odds with the design of Apples latest iOS update. Now though, it’s all sunshine, rainbows and ultra-white messaging. According to The Next Web, WhatsApp has over 350-million registered users, and as usual, it’s a free download (for 12 months, and thereafter 99-cents per year). We’ll take the new-look WhatsApp for a lengthy spin and see if it holds up to the type of extended messaging that us geeks are famous for.