iPad users have been eagerly waiting for the arrival of the WhatsApp app for them. Apparently, this is finally coming as Mark Zuckerberg himself hinted that the app was indeed coming for Apple’s tablet lineup. Now, the folks at 9to5Mac have collected more shreds of evidence showing that the arrival of the iPadOS version of WhatsApp is really coming soon.
Apparently, WhatsApp’s upcoming multi-device 2.0 feature is in its final stages of development. Through the new feature, users will be able to use an iPad as a new linked device. It will be way better than the current multi-device feature. It requires your smartphone to be constantly connected to the internet, which basically mirrors WhatsApp on third devices.
NEWS: WhatsApp is finally working on multi-device 2.0, and you can use iPad as new linked device ☄️
Android tablets are also planned to support multi-device on WhatsApp for Android!
It's under development and it will be released in a future update. Follow me to discover more 💚 pic.twitter.com/rND4xQfBDj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) August 20, 2021
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Interestingly, even Android tablets will support multi-devices features on WhatsApp for Android. According to reports, Facebook is readying the launch of multi-device support for up to four devices and one smartphone. Users might be able to even use it on their computers via browser or possibly through a new app.
According to a WhatsApp spokesperson in an interview with TechRadar, this feature will let people use WhatsApp “without the need to have your smartphone connected.”.
“Multi-device means that users will have the same functionality that is available on the current public versions of WhatsApp Web, Desktop and Portal, just without the need to have your phone connected. Our multi-device capability immediately makes the experience better for people who use Desktop/Web and Portal. And it also will make it possible to add support for more kinds of devices over time.“
The Multi-Device compatibility will allow users to keep WhatsApp connections even without their smartphones. However, WaBetaInfo states that there’s a particular version of the app for iPad. A future update will roll out with the new feature. It will be a native application that works independently from your iPhone. Those who are testing WhatsApp Beta will be able to use the app on iPad in a future update.
In addition to this news, the app just submitted another update to its TestFlight beta. The new update bags version 126.96.36.199 and bring redesigned contact info on iOS to business contacts.
As per rumors, WhatsApp will not be the only “bt Facebook” coming for iPads. In the future, the company may also introduce a new Instagram app exclusively made for iPads.