WhatsApp has rolled out a new update for its iOS app which adds support for iPhone XS Max and the upcoming iPhone XR. Apart from some other minor usability changes, the code in the app also hints at WhatsApp for iOS soon gaining a Dark mode.
As per WABetaInfo, this feature is still in alpha stage, with WhatsApp testing the new dark mode internally. Below are some screenshots as to how the dark mode looks like in its current stage. It is always possible that the final version of the dark mode — whenever it is released to the public — will look different.
The v2.18.100 update also brings a new UI for the Quick Actions bubbles and adds more options to reply to a status including documents, voice messages, and location.
The update also allows one to swipe on a message to directly reply to it. The feature was present in the previous beta builds of the app as well but not rolled out to everyone.
A new notification extension is also a part of this release which shows GIFs, videos, and images directly from a heads up notification. However, this feature is not active and will presumably be turned on in a future release.
Finally, the last notable change is that WhatsApp will now consecutively play all voice messages that you have received. This means users will no longer have to manually tap on each voice message they receive to play it. They can simply play the first one and WhatsApp will automatically play all other voice notes received after that.