Native WhatsApp for macOS is entering public beta

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WhatsApp didn’t have a real desktop version until recently – the Windows and Mac apps wrapped the web version in an electronic shell. That changed last year when Windows got a native version and a native version for MacOS went into beta. It was originally a closed beta available only to TestFlight participants, but now anyone (with a Mac) can get it.

You can download it from the official website, it is available for macOS Big Sur and newer. The site notes that this version is still in the early stages of development.

Native WhatsApp for macOS is entering public beta

Interestingly, the WhatsApp team used Apple’s Mac Catalyst framework, which makes it easier for developers to build apps that run on iPadOS and macOS. This is interesting because there is no WhatsApp version for iPad (users have to use the web version instead). Maybe this will change when the app comes out of beta.

Either way, the native app should run faster and be more efficient on Mac hardware (the same goes for the Windows version), so it’s good to see the old version of Electron gone.

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