The major BBM update that hit BlackBerry 10 and Android a couple of weeks ago has arrived for iPhone. Here are some of the updates that have been included in this latest version of BBM for iPhone directly from the Inside BlackBerry Blog:
After upgrading to the latest BBM, you’ll see a new section in the BBM Shop – Subscriptions. Subscriptions are additional purchasable BBM features that are based on a recurring fee. There are two subscriptions that will be available at launch – “No Ads” and “Custom PIN”.
Advertisements can be removed from BBM for $0.99 USD per month with the No Ads subscription. This subscription removes all ads from your feed, and you will no longer receive sponsored invites from our partners.
With a Custom PIN subscription you can make a PIN that’s easy for you and your friends to remember and/or says something special about you. Custom PINs have to follow certain guidelines. They must be 6-8 characters long, and can include numbers and letters only. Special characters cannot be used and PINs are not case sensitive. A Custom PIN subscription is $1.99 USD per month.
BBM users with any active subscription get another little bonus – a badge on their avatar to show off their premium status. Take a look at my profile picture in the screenshots below to see it in action.
Photos in Groups
BBM Groups keeps getting better. Last time we added the ability to use stickers in Group Chats. This time we’re adding another popular request – Photos in Group Chats.
iOS Security Updates
By taking advantage of iOS specific features like TouchID, we are enabling iOS users to password protect their BBM chats. Lock your private BBM conversations with a 4-digit passcode or your fingerprint. You can set how long you would like BBM to remain unlocked before a password is required again.
If you were testing the beta, you will have to first delete the app to be able to install the latest version. Otherwise, the update should be live for most iPhone users out there.