For such an insanely popular app, Whatsapp sure has been dragging its heels when it comes to any form of iOS 7 update. Now, at long last, it's here, and it looks pretty much as you would imagine an iOS 7 styled Whatsapp would look. Beyond the razzle dazzle, there's more for Whatsapp users in this update to get their teeth into:
- 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
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- 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
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Broadcast lists in particular is an interesting new addition, since presumably if you're a frequent Whatsapp user it's because you've a lot of people that you talk to through it on a regular basis. Hooking into iOS 7 is the biggest deal here though, noticeable also in that it will recognize your system text size settings.
The update is pushing out now through the App Store, so if you've been chewing your fingernails waiting on it then have at it! We're sure a whole heap of you will be using it today, so be sure to drop us a line in the comments and tell us how you like it.