WhatsApp founder Jan Koum bit into Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Twitter, claiming the new iMessage features unveiled at Monday’s World Wide Developers Conference aren’t anything new.
very flattering to see Apple "borrow" numerous WhatsApp features into iMessage in iOS 8 #innovation
â€” jan koum (@jankoum) June 2, 2014
Koum was referring to Apple’s plan to implement location-based integration into iMessage, the messaging service in iOS 8. WhatsApp, which Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) agreed to acquire in February for $19 billion, already uses mapping features to let users know the location of their friends who use the app.