Mac users who have been waiting for the basic version of WhatsApp can now download it without restrictions. WaBetaInfo Reported. The new app is optimized for Mac hardware and built with Mac Catalyst, making it faster and more efficient than the current web-wrapped version of Electron. And a new three-panel interface lets you easily switch between chats, calls, archived and starred messages, and lets you see your contacts and interactions at a glance.
Apple’s Catalyst is designed to allow developers to port their iOS apps to macOS or create a single version that can run on either platform. Since the Mac is developed on Catalyst, it gives us hope that the long awaited version may come to iOS as well. In 2021, Meta said it was expanding multi-device support for WhatsApp, leading to speculation that an iPad app might be coming soon.
Last year, WhatsApp released a basic version for Windows 10 that works without a smartphone. It looks almost identical to the Mac app, with improved stability and speed.
The native macOS app has been around for months at TestFlight, but only offers limited slots for testers. Now that it’s in full beta, you can download it directly from the WhatsApp website.
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