In a significant update for Mac users, WhatsApp has rolled out a new version of its macOS application, now available for download directly from the Mac App Store. This development departs from the previous version, which users could only access via the WhatsApp website.
What’s the Update?
The new WhatsApp for macOS, announced by the WhatsApp team and reported by MacMagazine, is a native application completely redesigned to work seamlessly with Mac computers.
Unlike its predecessor, which was essentially a web app, the new version is based on the iPhone app and has been adapted for macOS using Catalyst technology.
This transition to a native app means that Mac users can expect a faster and more responsive experience, mirroring the features available on the iPhone, including group audio and video calls. Additionally, native apps are known for their efficient use of hardware resources, which is particularly beneficial for MacBook users as it helps conserve battery life.
One of the key benefits of the new macOS app is the ability for users to access their WhatsApp account from their computer without needing their phone to be connected. However, it’s important to note that the Mac version operates as a companion app, requiring an active WhatsApp account on a phone to function.
The app is free to download from the App Store, with the iPhone version requiring iOS 12 or later, and the Mac version necessitating macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later.
In related news, WhatsApp has been experimenting with a beta version for the iPad and has recently introduced new features such as the ability to have two WhatsApp accounts on one phone, self-destructing audio messages, and third-party chat visibility in preparation for new EU regulations.
This update is part of WhatsApp’s ongoing efforts to enhance user experience across different platforms, ensuring that communication remains smooth and accessible, regardless of the device.
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