whatsapp now has quick reply with Ios 9.1 beta

electronicsguy

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Hi folks,
for those of you on Ios 9.1 beta, you'll notice that the latest version of whatsapp (2.12.9) supports the new quick reply feature thru the notification banner.

It does have a bug. when you use quick reply, it doesn't clear the unread count on its icon.
 

Ammar666

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Hi folks,
for those of you on Ios 9.1 beta, you'll notice that the latest version of whatsapp (2.12.9) supports the new quick reply feature thru the notification banner.

It does have a bug. when you use quick reply, it doesn't clear the unread count on its icon.
does it still have the problem where sometimes notification sounds don't come through?
 

sunfire7

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Confirmed, can't wait for official 9.1, this is my most wanted feature, less reasons to jailbreak now
 
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I wonder why 9.1 is needed given that third party quick reply support is there in 9.0.
 

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Because the ghost keyboard bug on the lockscreen prior to 9.1
There might be a issue with the keyboard on the lockscreen, but is seems that if quick reply support is added in an app it should be there in iOS 9.0 as well since it supports it (even with a potential bug), especially since I believe there are other third party apps offering quick reply in 9.0.
 

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presumably they can target certain features for certain iOS versions though. after all, APIs can be introduced and modified in iOS x.x releases (usually not x.x.x release though)
 

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presumably they can target certain features for certain iOS versions though. after all, APIs can be introduced and modified in iOS x.x releases (usually not x.x.x release though)
I'd imagine that is likely possible. I wonder why they would do it that way if it should be possible in 9.0 with some other third party apps doing it there already.
 

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I'd imagine that is likely possible. I wonder why they would do it that way if it should be possible in 9.0 with some other third party apps doing it there already.
as robi said it was buggy in 9.0.

if whatsapp chose not to target 9.0 as it would be a poorer experience then well done to them!
 

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I'd imagine that is likely possible. I wonder why they would do it that way if it should be possible in 9.0 with some other third party apps doing it there already.
I don't think we can say what technical reason stops whatsapp (rather facebook now) from bringing new features to iphone sooner. After all, ios 9 dev version was released in the summer. Just like skype, they had enough time to work on introducing ios 9 based features by the time it was released. I can only speculate that its a business decision. Maybe facebook thinks by withholding features, people may flock more to using the fb messenger app instead. whatsapp still hasn't brought dropbox backup to ios. again, i see no real technical reason.
 
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I don't think we can say what technical reason stops whatsapp (rather facebook now) from bringing new features to iphone sooner. After all, ios 9 dev version was released in the summer. Just like skype, they had enough time to work on introducing ios 9 based features by the time it was released. I can only speculate that its a business decision. Maybe facebook thinks by withholding features, people may flock more to using the fb messenger app instead. whatsapp still hasn't brought dropbox backup to ios. again, i see no real technical reason.
Well, I was wondering about more from the point of view that if they brought it to iOS 9.1 then why not 9.0 (not so much about why they haven't brought it to iOS until now). The bug that was mentioned is perhaps one potential reason, but given that it might not really be a widespread issue and only affects the lock screen aspect of it (where quick reply is useful when the phone is unlocked too) it's hard to say if that might be it or not, especially since some other apps have released their quick reply for 9.0 and aren't really suffering because of it.
 

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I don't think we can say what technical reason stops whatsapp (rather facebook now) from bringing new features to iphone sooner. After all, ios 9 dev version was released in the summer. Just like skype, they had enough time to work on introducing ios 9 based features by the time it was released. I can only speculate that its a business decision. Maybe facebook thinks by withholding features, people may flock more to using the fb messenger app instead. whatsapp still hasn't brought dropbox backup to ios. again, i see no real technical reason.
Remember last year it took them a few months to support the iPhone 6/6+ resolutions, and 2 years ago it took them half a year to support iOS 7, or 3 years ago when it took them another half a year for it to support the iPhone 5?

Whatsapp has always been like that, prior to and after it being acquired by Facebook. I don't want to use it, but 100% of the smartphone users in my city (Hong Kong) do not agree with me :(.
 
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Remember last year it took them a few months to support the iPhone 6/6+ resolutions, and 2 years ago it took them half a year to support iOS 7, or 3 years ago when it took them another half a year for it to support the iPhone 5?

Whatsapp has always been like that, prior to and after it being acquired by Facebook. I don't want to use it, but 100% of the smartphone users in my city (Hong Kong) do not agree with me :(.
At least it seems that they are faster this time around.
 

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So glad to finally see this functionality built in. WhatsApp is my primary means of keeping in contact with my international clientele.
 

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It doesn't work for me at all.. Tried responding to messages via my Apple Watch as well as on my iPhone. No success. Does anyone know a fix?
 

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WhatsApp released an update (2nd of November, Version 2.12.10) and they mention a change in regards to quick reply:

What's New in Version 2.12.10
• Quickly reply to messages right from notifications. Just drag down a notification to type your reply. (iOS 9.1+)
• You can also now reply to incoming WhatsApp calls with a message right from the call notification. (iOS 9+)