WhatsApp is testing a new voice call interface for iOS beta users

Instant messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new voice call interface on iOS devices. The feature was first spotted on Android in December, when some beta testers got their hands on the update.

As declared by WABetaInfo, the feature is available as part of the version 22.5.0.70 update and brings the updated interface to select beta testers in the Apple ecosystem. During group calls, WhatsApp separates members into different corners in the form of cards and assigns real-time, color-coded audio waveforms to each speaker.

Each caller is assigned to separate cards and pushed to the corners of the screen. (Image credit: WABetaInfo)

Similar to Discord, the indicator will now notify users of active speakers and flatline when they stop talking. The report also mentions a wallpaper feature for voice calls, although it cannot be changed at this time.

A similar interface was in progress tested on Android recently, showing things like the contact’s name, profile picture, and call duration. The UI buttons, namely speakerphone, video call, mute, and end call, are still positioned at the bottom of the screen, similar to the upcoming iOS placement. The update has been marked as “compatible” and will soon be rolling out for iOS and Android users.

Recently, WhatsApp on iOS rolled out the ability to pause voicemail recordings. The update removes the “stop recording” button and replaces it with dynamic pause and resume buttons. As part of an iOS 15 update, the Meta-owned company had also enabled a Focus Mode feature that only allows messages and notifications from certain contacts in DND (do not disturb) mode.