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Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging platform has received an update today, bringing support for 3D Touch gestures on new iPhones to the popular software.

The new WhatsApp 2.2.18 allows you to press in-app content harder to Peek and Pop pictures, videos, links, contacts cards and locations in chats. Home screen shortcuts via 3D Touch are not available yet in this release.

In addition, the app’s interface is now mirrored and optimized for right-to-left languages on iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later.

Unfortunately, you cannot 3D Touch a conversation in the message list to preview its contents nor can you use the Quick Reply function to respond to a message from within its banner notification.

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WhatsApp 2.12.8 changelog

Here’s what’s new in WhatsApp 2.12.8:

  • 3D Touch: Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. You can now quickly Peek and Pop pictures, videos, links, contact cards, and locations you send and receive in chats.
  • The WhatsApp interface is now mirrored and optimized for right-to-left languages like Arabic (iOS 9+).
  • Bug fixes

The previous update to WhatsApp has added the ability to star individual messages so it’s easier to find them later.

Availability

WhatsApp requires an iPhone with iOS 6.0 or later.

The app is localized in English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Grab WhatsApp free of charge in the App Store.