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    April 25, 2017

    iPhone users can now ask Siri to read out their WhatsApp messages

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    iPhone users running iOS 10.3 can now ask Siri to read aloud their latest WhatsApp messages while working handsfree.

    While WhatsApp has been quick to mobilize general support for Siri, the app hasn’t enabled Apple’s digital assistant to read out incoming messages – however, this has changed in a new update to the app available to iOS users running iOS 10.3.

    The latest version of the popular instant messaging client – which is now rolling out worldwide – enables iPhone users to request Siri to read out unread WhatsApp messages just as they would for iMessage.

    Read: Apple’s upcoming iOS update will leave the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c behind

    The update enables users to effectively read messages while working handsfree, and is the latest small addition to the app to arrive on the platform.

    Earlier this week, we reported that another small convenience was in the works – as found in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Windows Phone, users can now send out an alert to their contacts to advise them when they change mobile number. That facility, of course, requires a user to port their WhatsApp account to another number.

    The latest update to the instant messaging client also brings with it the ability to select multiple statuses in the My Updates screen and forward or revoke them, while the two-step verification pane has been redesigned.

    Other small tweaks include a redesigned Group Info, Contact Info, and Calls section, and the Voice Call icon has been replaced with a ‘+’ icon that, when tapped, reveals a list of contacts which can be reached by voice or video call.

    Read: Apple joins in on the zeitgeist and adds Harambe and clown emoji to iOS 10.2

    What are your thoughts? Do you plan on using Siri to read out your WhatsApp messages aloud often? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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