While WhatsApp is about to stop working for a few users in a few months who don’t comply with its upcoming privacy policy changes, iPhone users also are certain a rude awakening with the app dropping support for older models in its latest beta update.


WhatsApp beta 2.21.50.11 has landed in the App Store and also 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 those who’ll find themselves affected; the long-lasting iPhone 4 (which got a shocking 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.


If you’re using an iPhone 5 or newer, you can install the latest version of the WhatsApp beta and dig into your heart’s content. But bear in mind, it’s not just old iPhone users that are getting to be turfed out of WhatsApp; the privacy policy furore wages on, and many accounts could be deleted after May 15.


The new WhatsApp privacy policy won’t affect users within the UK and EU, but everyone else is being forced to comply with the terms (which are optional before this) in May, otherwise, they can no longer use the service.


The new terms were actually alleged to inherit effect in February, but after an enormous backlash that saw users jump ship to rival service Signal, WhatsApp extended the deadline to agree to the updated privacy policy and made efforts to reassure users that their privacy will still be protected.


WhatsApp is additionally lining up a bunch of latest features that you’ll recognize from platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, with self-destructing photos set to roll call at a future update.


WABetaInfo also reports that the messenger service is certain a long-overdue update which will keep archived chats archived, instead of popping them back to your inbox once you receive a new message from the contact. It’s not live yet, but the feature is under development and will be received when it rolls out.

If you’re still on the fence about continuing to use WhatsApp after its May deadline, you’ll have to checkout best WhatsApp alternatives.

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