Cross-platform messenger and VoIP application LINE now supports iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5, according to developer NAVER. The app also adds a new authentication system enabling users to restore from backup.
In addition to supporting Apple’s latest hardware and software, LINE now uses an authentication system that supports restoring from iTunes and iCloud backups when switching devices.
Users can now attach stickers to the Home and Group Boards, view previous “What’s Up?” messages, and add identification checks when making changes to the registered email.
Managing friends is much easier thanks to a few UI tweaks, and there’s a new feature to send your friend's contact details that works only with LINE contact details
The quality and functionality of voice calls is said to be improved as well, and there’s an integration menu for LINE Brush in the chat-room now. Finally, a bug causing the app to crash when using the Timeline feature has been addressed.
When the app is start up, you may be prompted for your Apple ID and password. We are currently working on fixing this. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
NAVER Japan Corporation acknowledges a known issue with the app, saying “When the app is start up, you may be prompted for your Apple ID and password. We are currently working on fixing this. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.”
LINE is compatible with all iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models that run iOS 4.0 or later. The app has been optimized for the iPhone 5, meaning it will no longer display two black stripes where the phone features extra pixels.
The creators recommend using LINE on iOS 4.1 or higher for the best performance.
As with any other instant messaging apps, data transfer fees may be incurred by the user (depending on their location, operator, etc), which is why NAVER recommends using the services on an unlimited mobile price plan.