WhatsApp has announced the launch of its much-anticipated iPad app. This news was greeted with enthusiasm by WhatsApp beta testers who were privy to this update earlier this week.
The new feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo in version 188.8.131.52 of WhatsApp’s TestFlight app. The iPad app is designed to function similarly to other companion versions of the app, with users connecting their accounts by scanning a QR code, a process identical to linking the account to any other device.
The user interface of the iPad app mirrors that of the iOS app, with a list of conversations displayed on the left and the current chat appearing on the right. However, the iPad app offers the added advantage of viewing both panes simultaneously, enhancing the user experience.
This development comes after a statement made by WhatsApp head Will Cathcart in January 2022, expressing the company’s desire to launch an iPad app. The delay in its release had left many users puzzled, given the app’s potential benefits.
In addition to the iPad app, WhatsApp has been making strides in other areas as well. The Mac app recently received an update that improved group calling features and added support for HD photos and videos. Furthermore, the introduction of Channels has been gradually rolling out to users worldwide.
Meta’s efforts to transform WhatsApp into a cross-platform messaging service, in compliance with EU regulations, have also been noteworthy. This move highlights the company’s commitment to making the app accessible to users across various locations.
Overall, the launch of the iPad app marks a significant milestone in WhatsApp’s journey, reflecting Meta’s evolving vision of transforming WhatsApp into a private social network that connects people with each other and the content that matters to them.