WhatsApp’s latest update for iPhone adds new button for upcoming VoIP calling feature

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 5 Feb 2015


WhatsApp launched a new update for its iPhone app last night.

According to the what’s new section, the update finally adds support to the Display Type feature and the quick camera button in chats let’s you quickly choose a recent camera roll photo.

In addition to these features, WhatsApp has quietly added a new voice calling button in the chat window next to the name. The call button seems to be for WhatsApp’s VoIP calling feature, as it is quite similar to the call button available on its Android app. But before you get excited, please note that the button doesn’t make WhatsApp calls, instead it launches the Phone app, and makes a regular phone call.

WhatsApp Voice Calling button

WhatsApp started rolling out its voice calling feature to Android users few days back. Here’s how it works on Android:

The voice calling feature on the iPhone app was spotted in the wild few days back, but WhatsApp seems to have rolled out to the voice calling button to the public with yesterday’s update. It remains to be seen when the company plans to enable the feature, but it does look like the launch is imminent.

Let me know if you can see this new voice calling button in the chat window after installing the latest update.

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[Image credit: TechCrunch, thanks Igsaan for the tip!]