WhatsApp for iOS 7 is out with New Design and Features

WhatsApp for iOS 7

The much awaited WhatsApp for iOS 7 update is finally available throughout the App Store which came around around 2am at night. This update brings the iOS client for your popular messaging service to version 2.11.5, and includes a detailed new iOS 7 inspired user interface, just a little new features as well as other bug fixes.

One of many notable new features in version 2.11.5 of WhatsApp for iOS 7 is named ‘broadcasts lists’, plus it lets you send messages to group of people simultaneously. So lets say for instance you have a list of your classmates or work colleagues, you can message them all at once instead of individually. Looks pretty much like a WhatsApp made group.

Release Notes

– 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”

The apps’ new UI follows the same design as just about every other app that has been updated to match iOS 7′s aesthetics. There’s a good amount of white space, flat graphics and blue accents to make all of the people that don’t like Apple’s new design direction.

But I personally happen to like the new design, and I’m really digging the UX improvements. There’s the new broadcast lists feature we already mentioned above, improved location sharing, as well larger thumbnails,  and blocking contacts is now much easier than before.

But I also feel that its been more then 6 months since Apple released the iOS 7 APK and after taking so much time for the app’s update, more new features should have been added.

I am really hoping to at least get the ‘Auto-Image download’ toggle in settings because in India, people seem to send images every now and then, and it is difficult to manage the cellular bandwidth.

If you’re already a WhatsApp user, I feel like updating the app is a no-rocket science. Just make sure, as the release notes warns, that you backup your conversations to iCloud before doing so. When you’re ready, you can find the new WhatsApp in the App Store for free.

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