Wabetainfo has discovered that WhatsApp is rolling out a new HD photos feature with iOS beta testers. The new WhatsApp 2.21 beta version for iOS will allow users to share high-quality images in chats; the feature was released on the Android beta version for the app.
WhatsApp introduces new Media Upload Quality options to allow iOS users to share HD photos
As per the report, the new feature in the app’s iOS beta version offers three types of media quality to choose from.
- Auto (recommended)
- Best quality
- Data saver
Users will be able to select their preferred quality of images in the ‘Media Upload Quality’ section of the app’s settings. Users are notified that the HD or “Best quality media are larger and can take longer to send.”
However, the report explains that the “Best quality” does not mean the 100% original quality of the image. Instead, the new algorithm will use a lighter compression by keeping 80% of the original quality. “If the image frame is bigger than 2048×2048, it might be resized. Previous quality values were very different.”
In addition, the report explains that the Data Saver option will compress the images more to save cellular data.
This is useful when you don’t have a large internet plan, but it’s not really recommended if you want to share photos of good quality on WhatsApp.
Note that images sent to your status update won’t consider these options, because they are compressed using different rules.
The recent WhatsApp update for iOS and Android introduced new features to make it easy for users to leave and join group calls, archive chats, and sticker suggestions. In addition, the update also included a redesigned audio call interface which resembles FaceTime UI with a translucent menu at the bottom with call managing options.