WhatsApp for iOS updated, offers free life-long service to iPhone users

WhatsApp for iOS

iPhone users ahoy, WhatsApp is now free. That’s correct; the application developer has chosen to render the messaging service at absolutely no first time download charge, to Apple’s present smartphone owners. As is the case with other mobile platforms, iOS users get free chatting for a year after which a $0.99 annual subscription charge is applicable.

So those who already have an iPhone lying around at home have lucked out, while soon-to-be owners will have to shell out $0.99 after a year of free WhatsApp subscription. This places them in the same boat as any Android or BB user.

The app has also recently received an update, thrusting it to version 2.10.1. One major improvement introduced through the upgrade is backup for chat record on iCloud. The Chat Backup option found in Chat Settings under Settings menu in WhatsApp holds the key to reinstating old conversations.

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Thanks to this addition, every time the app is reinstalled, the cloud storage service will notify users to restore the history. Instead of following the entire process of hunting for pictures one by one to share them through the messenger, it will now be possible to select multiple images all at once. Moreover, the bumped up WhatsApp utility has been tweaked to support URL scheme for 3rd party apps.

iOS users with gadgets running version 4.3 or higher of the OS will find the 15.3MB WhatsApp tool available for free on iTunes.

Let’s take note of the following features that the update has unveiled:

– Option to send more pictures rather than one at a time
– Integration of the messaging service into third-party apps
– iCloud chat history backup