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New features for WhatsApp on iOS

Russell Kidson

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Whatsapp for iOS is about to get a little more interesting and feature-packed than it already is. The latest update for this OS-specific version of WhatsApp is bringing calling links, productivity features for WhatsApp groups, and brand-new reaction features into the WhatsApp ecosystem. 

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First off, we’ve got the calling links. Essentially, these will be links that you’ll be able to circulate to your contacts so that they can join your group call sessions. Meta revealed the feature earlier this month, and it’s good to see it finally making its way into the app. 

New features for WhatsApp on iOS

Next, WhatsApp will also now have new options for group admins. Previously, the telecommunication giant released a feature whereby group participants could leave groups silently without informing the rest of the group. WhatsApp’s latest update keeps this possible; however, the group admins will be notified if someone leaves. Another group-specific feature is that group admins will now be able to delete anyone’s messages.

This won’t just delete the message on their side of the screen, but rather for everyone. Furthermore, if you post something that an admin deletes, you will be able to see who deleted your message. This is a bit of a double-edged sword. Another feature within the message deletion realm is that subsequent to this update, you’ll be able to undo ‘delete for me’ if you wish to do so. You’ll only be able to do this for a few seconds, though. 

Whatsapp status reactions

The last feature of the latest WhatsApp update is the brand-new Status Reactions interface. Essentially, you’ll now be able to react to users’ status updates directly. Previously, you could only reply to a status which would be sent to the status’ source as a message. 

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