This year, WhatsApp introduced a new version of its application for MacOS, which was completely redesigned from the ground up to work on Mac computers. This app was launched in August but was only available through the WhatsApp website. Today, the native WhatsApp app for macOS is also available for download from the Mac App Store.
New WhatsApp for macOS available on the App Store
The news was shared by the WhatsApp team (via MacMagazine), and according to Meta (which owns the platform), the new WhatsApp for macOS is now available “worldwide”; in the Mac App Store. The Mac app has been merged with the iPhone app in the App Store, so it's now a universal app with one download link.
Testing of the new version of WhatsApp for macOS began in July. last year. While the old version is essentially a web app built with Electron, the new app is based on the iPhone version and ported to macOS using Catalyst technology.
This makes WhatsApp on Mac now faster. and gets the same features as on the iPhone, such as group audio and video calls. It's worth noting that native apps also use fewer hardware resources, so they help save battery power, which is great for MacBook users.
With the Mac app, WhatsApp users can get full access to their account. from your computer, even when your phone is not nearby. However, the Mac version is just a companion app, which means you'll still need a WhatsApp account set up on your phone to use it. WhatsApp is also testing a beta version for iPad.
WhatsApp is available for free on the App Store. While the iPhone version requires iOS 12 or later, the Mac version requires macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later.
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