In the latest update, WhatsApp has taken down the feature of saving profile pictures of individual contacts on iPhone. This can be seen in the latest beta version of the Android app. What this effectively means is that the users will not be able to download and save the profile pictures of other users on their phone, another move which is aimed at taking care of the ever-growing privacy concerns.
Also, the latest update sees the introduction of album improvements, as well as, tweaks in the audio export format. The messaging app has rolled out the new beta app version 18.104.22.168 for iPhone via the TestFlight program and this update has expunged the feature of copying, saving, and exporting the profile picture of the contacts.
This change was first spotted by WABetaInfo and they also informed that this feature will be made available for groups where one can save the group icons. It should be mentioned that WhatsApp has already taken down the same feature in WhatsApp Business beta for iOS 22.214.171.124 and Android Beta 2.19.143 just a few weeks ago.
Also, as per the latest WhatsApp beta 126.96.36.199 for iPhone users, there is an introduction of album improvements. With this, the users can now receive multiple photos in one single chat. WhatsApp will also show the net size of the album as well as the number of items.
Additionally, this latest update also revises its audio export format. The official voice message format in WhatsApp is Opus. However, Opus does not find support in too many apps and hence, in order to take care of this impediment, WhatsApp for iPhone will now start exporting Opus files as M4A (AAC codec). However, this feature is made exclusively available for WhatsApp on iOS, and Android users will have to wait for the same.