WhatsApp beta hints at native iPad app coming

WhatsApp is getting an iPad app. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is currently working on multi-device 2.0, which allows users to use WhatsApp on multiple devices. It is unknown when this app will be released.

WABetaInfo writes on Twitter that it is a native iPad app, and therefore not a web version. That app would also work without users having to pair a phone. That is currently still the case with WhatsApp Web and Desktop. The app would be introduced in a future update, but it is not yet clear when exactly that will happen. Users testing the WhatsApp beta on their iPhone would automatically gain access to the native iPad app. Support for Android apps is also planned.

WhatsApp already introduced plans for multi-device 2.0 support in July, which will allow users to use the service on up to four additional devices in addition to their smartphone. This works while retaining encryption and without the need for a connection to a smartphone. That feature is necessary for a native iPad app. WhatsApp would now be working on multi-device 2.0 and the iPad app, writes WABetaInfo. The revamped multi-device feature is not yet available to all users and it is unknown when that will change.

Images by WABetaInfo via Twitter

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