WhatsApp’s native Mac app beta is now available to all

WaBetaInfo reports that the native WhatsApp version for Mac users can now be downloaded without any limitations. Since the new app was developed with Mac Catalyst and optimized for Mac hardware, it ought to perform better than the current web-wrapped Electron version.

You also get a new layout with three panels so you can quickly switch between chats, calls, archived messages, and starred messages while monitoring connections and interactions.

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With Apple’s Catalyst, developers can port iOS apps to run on macOS or create a single version that supports both systems. There is some hope that the long-awaited product will soon be released for iOS since Catalyst was used to create the Mac.

Rumors of an impending iPad version first surfaced in 2021, when Meta revealed that it was improving WhatsApp’s multi-device functionality.

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Last year, WhatsApp debuted a standalone Windows 10 version that works without a smartphone. The performance is faster and more dependable, and it looks similar to the Mac app.

Although the native macOS app has been on TestFlight for some time, there aren’t many tester spots available there. It is currently in full beta, though, and you can download it directly from WhatsApp’s website.

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