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Some time ago, a source with dubious credentials approached me with a bunch of claimed screenies of WhatsApp’s long-anticipated iOS 7 refresh.

The genuine-looking images apparently showed off work-in-progress code, but I was reluctant to publish as the source’s veracity couldn’t be established with a satisfactory degree of certainty.

WhatsApp (free download) recently passed 300 million users and is quite popular.

With that in mind, one could imagine yours truly has since been on the lookout for more proof for it seemed to me there had to be some fire to go along this smoke. Finally, yesterday I stumbled upon a video hands-on which I felt was credible enough to warrant sharing here.

Without further ado, this is what WhatsApp’s forthcoming iOS 7 refresh will look like…

German YouTube user ITRaidDE posted this genuine-looking hands-on clip of the upcoming WhatsApp update. The presentation is based on the app build number 2.11.5.3129 versus the current version 2.11.4 currently found in the App Store.

Spoiler: yes, there’s a dark keyboard!

The video runs three minutes 50 seconds long, have a look below.

My German is a little rusty these days, mind you.

Anyway, from what I could glean from his nicely done video overview, WhatsApp for iOS 7 is basically a fresh coat of paint with no new features. You’ve got your Favorites, Status, Contacts, Chats and Settings along the bottom, with all of the items in Settings seemingly mimicking the most current WhatsApp version on the App Store.

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You can exchange text messages with WhatsApp users, along with photos, videos, locations and audio notes – just like before. Again, I don’t speak German and would urge our German readers to add their own observations down in the comments so I could update the article accordingly.

Last but not least, I’ve been told by a source with knowledge of the matter that the app will support the new iOS 7 Background Refresh feature which keeps app content up to date in the background. The new version should pop up in the App Store before Black Friday, the source claimed.

If other iOS 7-focused updates are anything to go by, the new version of WhatsApp is likely going to support only iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or higher.

WhatsApp is available in the App Store for free.

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  • Dev Shah

    Why are the developers taking so much time for the update? I just hope it gets updated before iOS 8 comes..!!! 😛

    • LOL!

    • Shabby

      I think you’re underestimating the amount of effort developing apps takes.
      And completely changing the design takes a lot of decisions and it’s a lot of work to make it look right.

      • Dev Shah

        Yes Developers do work very hard, But my point is if Social Apps like Facebook,Twitter,Instagram etc, got updated within 1 week for iOS 7, 2 Months+ is a bit Too LONG.!!! 🙂

      • ConduciveMammal

        You have to remember though, that companies such as Facebook and Twitter likely have thousands of employees, with some of the world-class app developers. WhatsApp, whilst growing rapidly undoubtedly has no where near that amount of staff

      • Rick

        Actually, it’s been about 5 months since iOS 7 beta one was released to developers. So yeah, it’s been a while.

      • Hussain Alsanona

        Developing an app is very hard, but the developers have their time to develop their apps since apple unveiled its newest version which Is “iOS”. It’s been know 5 months since WWDC event and Whatsapp is working until now in its app.
        Honestly, Whatsapp is lazy as f**k

    • Jay Kay

      Thats funny and true.

  • Hein svein watz app…
    Guten Tag

  • Tim

    hi, he’s sayin that doesn’t know when the update is available, than he is talking about the new icon. He is also saying that you see the black keyboard, because he has ios 7 beta 1 installed. there are no new features only a new design. At last he’s saying that he doesn’t know why the update takes so long. greetings from munich

  • slikmystar

    German sound abit stupid

    • RarestName

      Ironic.

      • slikmystar

        Not really you little mug the s slip was an accident.

      • RarestName

        There’s “abit” of a misunderstanding here.

    • felixtaf

      Coz we are stupid. Jus because we dont understand something, doesnt mean its stupid!

    • Actually german is a very funny language.
      Try to talk while eating a very Hot potato and you’ll learn german so fast…

      • Steven Leibeling

        If you think its easy to learn german,try it,english is an very simple Language, little Kids in Germany where are in the pre school learn english.

    • Jay Kay

      U too

    • Weil deutsch einfach mal eine geile Sprache ist!! 😛

  • slikmystar

    German sounds abit stupid

  • vs511

    This is well, well overdue. WhatsApp, you can’t delay it anymore! -_-

  • Dani

    He says he does not know when the update comes out officially. In addition, he can not release this Whatsapp version for download. He has the black keyboard because he has the ios7.1 beta version installed on his Iphone 5s. Whatsapp has no new features only a new design….

    shit, I thought it come new ringtones -. –

    • chris

      yep, that’s it.
      May I could add that he keeps his fingers crossed the the update comes in the next days.
      He does not say anything about the background refresh feature at all though.
      And he definitely cannot understand why this update with only visual modifications takes so long to be released.

  • Husam Hamed

    All this time for an interface update?! Other apps updated their interfaces the same day iOS7 got released, so I don’t think it was that hard!! And they didn’t even change a lot, it’s almost the same thing but with the ios7 keyboard. This sucks. I was hoping for a big refresh!

    • Siddharth Desai

      I know right! Even ESPN updated their SportsCenter App already!

  • Raul Flores

    The Black Keyboard may be an optional thing, cause in the iOS 7.1 Beta you can switch the color of the keyboard to black and darken all transparencies on the General –> Accesibility Options

  • Divyanshu Rathi

    I noticed something called “Reconnect” in this video .. I hope its what I need 😛

  • Lionelle

    Not only are they the slowest but they can’t even make a nice design for the app like these:

    • wadjj

      Is this a dribble mockup or something? Looks way better and carries much more branding color. But I assume whatsapp has always tried to be a message replacement, so it might not want that much character in it.

    • vs511

      Can’t agree more man!

  • The image attachment preview seems bigger.

  • jack

    this is taking so long that if they only release new looks I’m gonna feel so disappointed.. there are lots of stuff to be fixed and improved.

  • Muhammad Shafeeq

    Looks good .. but i dont like ios 7 .. it shit like android even android far better

  • Bob

    Good thing they stepped up their game because BBM isn’t going down without a fight,

  • Steven Leibeling

    Whats App Update Release is this Week,i know this because the Youtube who make this Video is a really good friend and tell me that the Update is submitted to Apple

  • on3simpleclick

    I hope a jailbreak for iOS7 comes soon, because the temptation to update is getting harder every day, with these iOS7 exclusive app updates.. Ugh.

    • Siddharth Desai

      I’d give up my belgian waffles to have a jailbreak. Don’t be too tempted to upgrade, stick with the jailbreak!

  • hkgsulphate

    all I want is the update for GoodReader for iPad!!!!!

  • Ted Forbes

    Great, but thats OK, they can take their time, they can take all the time they need a lot of my friends are already on Viber and Tango anyways.

    Whats so new about the Whatsapp update that Tango and Viber can not do already?

    Furthermore Viber and Tango do even more and whats best Viber and Tango can be installed to the iPad with wifi and also on the laptop.

    So whats the big deal?

  • Officialimeiunlock.com

    whatsapp bro

  • Donovan

    This calls for big theming when the jailbreak comes out (and winterboard, i hope winterboard will be updated soo bad). I want my iOS 6 design back. Or Ayecon, Ayecon is pretty awesome too.