WhatsApp has released an update for iOS users that provide set of new features for its users. Among them are notification extensions, search options for the Status tab and detecting suspicious links.
To get the update, users must first download to the latest version v2.18.90 in the App Store. And also note that some of these new features are only compatible for iOS 8.0 or iOS 10.
In the previous version, when the user receives a message in the form of an image or GIF then they require to open the WhatsApp application.Now, users can see directly from the notification panel without having to open the WhatsApp application. Thus, the sender of the message does not know if the message is actually read.
To use it, when receiving an image or GIF, the user must use 3D Touch or swipe left on the notification and tap “Display” to preview the media from the notification panel. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for iOS 10-based or higher iPhone.
The second feature is that users now have the ability to search for status with the new Status search tab feature. Now, iPhone users will be able to search for certain contacts and update their status directly in the Status tab.
Suspicious Link Detection
The next feature is suspicious link detection. This feature was launched for Android users last July and is now officially provided for iPhone users. With this feature, every time a contact send a link or links, it will alert the user before opening the link. WhatsApp will also warn its users once again by searching for unusual characters if they try to open the link.
This suspicious link detection feature is not mentioned in the log description but it is certainly available in the v2.18.90 version update. In addition, WhatsApp has also provided FAQ explaining the Suspicious Link feature.