WhatsApp Inc., the developers behind the ever popular cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp, will be implementing some changes to its iOS version of the app very soon. According to CEO Jan Koum, the company will be implementing the same subscription-based service on the app for Apple’s iOS platform, in line with similar models for the app on other platforms, such as Android, BlackBerry 7, Windows Phone and Symbian.
Previously, iOS users would only have to pay a one-time $0.99 fee to purchase the app from the App Store. Lucky users could even get the app for free during certain App Store sales. On the other hand, those on Android and other platforms could download and use the app for free for a year, before they are then charged $1 annually for the service.
The company has not set a date for the implementation, other than it will definitely be this year. The subscription model would only apply to new users, however.