Screenies of WhatsApp iOS 7 update leak

By , Oct 8, 2013

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As WhatsApp continues to shrug off competition from not only Viber, but also Apple’s iMessage, Microsoft’s Skype and even Google’s Hangouts, the instant messaging space continues to burst with activity.

However, WhatsApp – arguably the most popular cross-platform instant messaging solution – has yet to update its iPhone client with iOS 7 look and feel.

Even though we don’t know when that update might drop, we have a pretty good idea of how the iOS 7-inspired application might look like thanks to iOS developer @HackiPhone who tweeted out a couple of work-in-progress screenies…

The images are actually two weeks old and were reposted first by the Dutch blog Applespot.nl, via @0xmaciln.

As you can see for yourself, the redesign focuses on the flattened application appearance that get rids of the clutter in favor of white spaces, layers and precise typography.

It reminds me a little of Apple’s iOS 7 Messages…

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Hope they flatten the app icon, too.

All told, not much else can be gleaned about the software just by glancing at the screenshots so we’ll have to be patient until a WhatsApp refresh hits the App Store. For what it’s worth, the developer wrote on Twitter that it’s coming “soon”.

As the team continues to iterate the app, there’s no denying it’s getting better and better with each new update. For instance, just recently WhatsApp gained the ability to send longer videos and unlimited voice messaging.

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While its rival Viber is free, WhatsApp earlier this year decided to move to a subscription model: the app’s free during the first year, after which it’ll set you back $0.99 per year.

Download WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store now.

Two months ago, WhatsApp passed 300 million monthly active users. People now send eleven billion messages, receive twenty billion messages per day and share 325 million photos each day via WhatsApp, per official stats.

The biggest problem the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and Skype face is Apple’s frictionless experience with Messages on iOS and Mac devices. Because it’s built right into the bowels of the operating system and integrates with SMS, iMessage is incredibly sticky, up to the point where many users are completely oblivious to the fact they’re using the service.

As you know, Messages automatically falls back to SMS when data connection required for iMessage is unavailable or the recipient uses non-Apple devices. iMessage’s biggest pitfall is its limitation by design to Apple hardware, even more so given the cross-platform nature of Viber, Skype, WhatsApp and many other IM startups.

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As for Google, the Internet giant is thought said to be integrating SMS/MMS into an upcoming update to its Hangouts application. They’re also working on video messaging, too, Android Police reported today (see the screenshots above).

However, due to Apple’s strict iOS development policy there’s little chance – if any – of SMS/MMS integration popping up in Hangouts on iOS devices.

Speaking of WhatsApp, earlier today Palestinian hackers have managed to hack the WhatsApp website to display their political message. The  website was still unavailable at post time.

What’s your favorite cross-platform IM app?

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  • Ed Brady

    I hope that there will be an option to set custom notification tones.

    • roger

      I agree with u !

      • Ilhan Pektas

        delete

      • upimax

        and should put smtg that the reader read sent delivered like bbm

    • Loay Al-wesi

      I agree with you too … I am so sick of having whatsapp with the 7 default tones … which always is Tri-tone since the others are too noisy … this is the only chat app which I have and can’t customize it … Line is a leader in this … great app, features, customizations and frequent updates …

      • Ed Brady

        Yeah, the old ones make me sick :( I`m using silence tone now :))) Waiting for jailbreak to replace original tones.

      • Loay Al-wesi

        Yah .. it’s time for them to add their sound print … please !

    • Mohammed Zatari

      I Agree!

  • http://instagram.com/aphunex Philipp Strigler

    I knew that this would happen, just like in the screenshots! nice :)

  • Fevostone

    Sweet can’t wait I use this all the time.

  • omrishtam

    i came

  • roger

    any ideia about when it comes ?

  • Tony Karam

    Now that’s some good news. But don’t you think whatsapp developers should have been ready for iOS 7? I mean it was in beta for quite some time before getting released to the public.

    • Lagax

      Yea and they once again didn’t chance anything at all! Consumer satisfaction doesn’t matter to them.

    • Sokrates

      totally agree.

      • 123

        It’s ad-free. What more do you want.. That’s one of the biggest Consumer satisfaction.

      • Siddharth Desai

        Yea. But you pay for it, so customer satisfaction should be higher priority for them.

  • Yunsar

    No icon change?

    • Prasoon Singh

      It’s a leak. They might have a new icon.

  • Mohammed Zatari

    Great looking, wish this is true!

  • zustroy

    I see no point in WhatsApp over Viber. People sometimes behave like sheep.

    • Lagax

      Both are crappy. Sorry, but there isn’t one single service other than iMessage that even ONLY LOOKS good(this iOS 7 style is shit too), but it needs more features and device compatibility.

      • zustroy

        You are looking at it the wrong way, because… not nearly everyone is using iPhone. That’s when iMessage is completely useless.
        With Viber I can text and TALK. I can talk via wifi for free and I don’t even have to start it and logon, like crappy Skype for example. While with WhatsApp I can only text. That’s bulls*it.
        I see no point in that app, it’s funny and sad how people don’t know to think rationally.

        Hey you WhatApp guys, give me one advantage of WhatsApp over Viber?

      • Derp

        Whatsapp doesn get hacked and shutdown like Viber? Uh oh what?

      • Lagax

        Sorry for the late response, but I said iMessage ‘needs more device compatability’!

        Point is: WhatsApp is a crap of shit. In design as well as in the development skills of their devs as well as their Unsecure service in the first place.

  • Chandra Y

    I just want a Tweetbot update for gods sake!!! (-̩̩̩-̩̩̩_-̩̩̩-̩̩̩)

    • planetcoalition

      Relax, they are working on it.

  • Jacob S

    I won’t mind paying a $ every year for Whatsapp. You can’t compare viber and Whatsapp. Viber is free that’s all good about it. When you change your device you will lose all your history with viber whereas your history moves with with Whatsapp. A great plus point.

  • Mauro Costa

    I understand all the concerns and complains…but are we really bitching about appearances and sounds when we have such a great tool in our hands???? I mean, whatsapp saved us so much $$ and more €€ and in general it’s a great and stable app. I can’t say the same for bigger shots like FB messenger or Skype ( one keep crashing and the other not syncing b/w devices). I do agree with you guys about tones and stuff like that but c’mon.

  • Ilhan Pektas

    I hope they can see this – why you copy images ?
    You will get big problems my dear.. delete this message or the quote !

  • Ilhan Pektas

    I hope they can see this – why you copy images ?

    You will get big problems my dear.. delete this message or the quote !!

  • Luke Mulholland

    Not really feeling this new design… They should check out BeHance for some
    Mock up ideas. There’s plenty of really good ones on there.

  • Özgür Yılmaz

    Wish it had more green in it, but still looks good.

  • Taf Khan

    Sending attachments please.. . .pdf would be welcomed.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    wow… It looks really amazing. I hope there are new features not only new design.

  • blacks329

    Why would WhatsApp get rid of all the Green in the UI. Not that I’m asking for monochromatic Greens everywhere, but that looks so plain and gives you no brand recognition of it being WhatsApp vs. any generic list of plain messaging Apps. The top bar shoulld be a soft translucent green, with white text. The white bottom bar is fine, but why are the icons blue? This makes no sense. Unless of they’re beta testing their apps without using any of the real colour assets so other people don’t notice.
    Still I really hope thats not final release. Looks so plain and generic.

  • Conanda

    i hope in green color. not in original iOS 7 design. :|

  • xSeriouSx

    Fugly, thankfully, I’ve backed up the UI elements to my theme…

  • Pmjackso Pmjackso

    hope the update allows us to send gifs like iMessage can , instead of just audio, pics and vids

  • Chet Tailor

    It needs a URL shortener.