WhatsApp beta 22.214.171.124 has landed in the App Store and the messenger service has dropped support for iOS 9, so if you’ve picked up the new iPhone 12, you’ll be just fine.
Apple fans who have staunchly stuck with their devices over the years are the ones who’ll find themselves affected; the iconic iPhone 4 (which got a stunning reboot with a concept video last week) will no longer be supported by WhatsApp, alongside the iPhone 4S, and older models that house Apple’s A5 processor.
WhatsApp is also lining up a bunch of new features which you may recognise from platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, with self-destructing photos set to roll out in a future update.
WABetaInfo also reports that the messenger service is in for a long-overdue update that will keep archived chats archived, rather than popping them back into your inbox when you receive a new message from the contact. It’s not live yet, but the feature is under development and should be well received when it rolls out.
If you’re still on the fence with continuing to use WhatsApp after its May deadline, you can check out T3’s pick of best WhatsApp alternatives.