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Ever since Apple launched iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, a lot has been taking place especially with respect to 3D Touch technology that the phone maker introduced with iOS 9.

WhatsApp 2.12.9 for iOS has now joined the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Dropbox in offering support for this amazing technology when using the iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus. The new version of this chat app is already available for free download from the official iTunes App Store and besides the main 3D touch update, there are also other minor updates the new version comes with for iPhone users.

Use of peek and pop gestures on WhatsApp is now possible

What the new update brings to iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is the ability to use Peek and Pop gestures that are heavily dependent on the amount of pressure applied on the phone’s screen. According to the Apple Store listing, the app’s change log points out that users will now be able to “quickly Peek and Pop photos, links, videos, locations and contact cards” that they send and receive when chatting with friends.

Just to jog your memory, the new 3D Touch technology that made its debut with this year’s iPhone models allows the smartphones to detect and differentiate between long pressing and quick-tapping the screen and the results will be different options on the user interface.

More bug fixes in WhatsApp 2.12.9 for iOS

Other than the newly added support for 3D Touch, the new version of WhatsApp 2.12.9 also comes in with minor improvements in performance as well as fixes to bugs that affected the previous versions, among them issues with a viewing of media on older iOS versions. Also, the new app’s UI can now be quickly mirrored as well as optimized for languages that are written from right to left, for instance, Arabic.

From the app’s change log in the iTunes App Store, the developers also shed some light on the Starred messages feature that was introduced in the previous version. This feature allowed users of WhatsApp to press and hold on a chat to star it, making the process of finding this message later easier.

On a separate note, there are some users of iOS 9.1 beta who are claiming that WhatsApp has received an update that allows them to access a Quick Reply option.

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