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What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is now testing a change in the way WhatsApp voice recordings work.
  • Users can pause their recording and listen back to it before sending.

WhatsApp is working on a change to the way people record voice messages, with users now able to pause their recordings and listen back to it before sending. Currently, neither of those features are available.

The new change is part of the latest iPhone WhatsApp beta and was reported by WABetaInfo.

In its current form, the feature will display a real-time waveform as the person records their message. This comes as WhatsApp also works to use a waveform to replace the existing progress bar, too.

As you know, waveforms will replace the seek progress bar, but that's not all: WhatsApp is developing another feature that uses voice waveforms!

The feature has been spotted in a future WhatsApp update ...

Users can pause the recording and listen back to it before sending the finished version to its recipient as well.

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While this feature change is part of the closed TestFlight build right now it's likely it will be rolled out to everyone eventually. There is no telling when that will be, however, and WhatsApp can sometimes take longer than you might expect to take a feature from beta to production versions of its app.

While few would suggest WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps in the App Store, it has seen improvements in recent months and there seems to be roadmaps of changes still to come, too. I'll take that over an app that never gets updates any time.