WhatsApp launches a completely new app for Mac

WhatsApp has released the version beta of the long-awaited universal application for Mac. An application that it is completely different both in substance and in form and that, in addition, suggests that the launch of the long-awaited version of WhatsApp for iPad is just around the corner.

This new version of WhatsApp for Mac is based on catalystthe technology that Apple introduced in 2018 and that allows developers build Mac apps based on your iPad apps. Thanks to this, the development process is significantly simplified, since almost all the code of the app is common between both platforms.

The launch of this new beta version for Mac suggests, as I said previously, that the iPad variant, which would share the bulk of the code thanks to Catalyst, shouldn't be too far away. The company has been testing the multi-device system for some time, which would be key to the launch of WhatsApp on the iPad, so the pieces seem more aligned than ever.

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Image: WABetaInfo

What changes with the new version of WhatsApp for Mac?

Until now, the version of WhatsApp for Mac was based on Electron, a framework that, in reality, what it does is transform the web version of WhatsApp into a desktop app. East frameworkdespite significantly simplifying development for companies that use it, does not offer the same results in terms of performance or experience than an application that has been natively programmed for the platform in question.

The launch of a version of WhatsApp for Mac based on Catalyst, therefore, should bring benefits in this regard, in addition to simplify the implementation of new functions in the future –because the development would be common in both the iPad and the Mac–.

The user interface, on the other hand, it is more similar to the iPhone than to the current version of WhatsApp for Macas can be seen in the images published by WABetaInfo. Therefore, applications for all three Apple platforms would have more in common than ever.

To download this beta version it is necessary to sign up for the WhatsApp beta channel for Mac through TestFlight. However, the slots are limited, so you may have to wait to gain access to it. Also, being a development version, it is likely that certain parts of the app will not work as they should.

The use of Catalyst to simplify application development on Apple platforms is not new. Many of the applications that the company integrates into macOS have been developed with this technology –such as Apple TV, Stock Market, etc.–. Likewise, third-party apps such as Twitter have been based on this technology for years.

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