WhatsApp for macOS will be available in the App Store soon

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Apple Silicon-based platforms were used to test the app.

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This year, WhatsApp may finally offer its desktop version to Macs and Macbooks. According to recent reports, the business is testing WhatsApp for macOS. While these are preliminary reports, more information is expected in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp is working on a version of the app that uses the Mac Catalyst framework, according to a recent post on WABetaInfo. It allows developers to create iPad apps directly for Mac OS X Monterrey. Unlike the WhatsApp desktop software, which can be downloaded directly from the website, the new app is likely to be distributed on the App Store.

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The method of using the desktop software stays the same, as shown in the screenshot. Users must use the QR code to link their devices. According to reports, WhatsApp’s multi-device login will also be available on the macOS version.

WhatsApp’s desktop client has been available for some time on Windows and macOS computers. The latter version has not yet been tuned for Apple’s M1 chipset, which was released two years ago. On macOS, it still runs on Rosetta 2.

The new software is now in development and will be available for download on the App Store, making development easier. Developers will be able to easily update the software and deliver it to end-users when new Apple Silicon chipsets are released in the future.

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Minor UI adjustments

We recently learned that WhatsApp will soon introduce the ability for users to filter their communications. On the desktop app, we might see some minor UI tweaks to the chatbox. The Meta Platforms app is adding a ‘fast reply’ shortcut next to messages to assist users respond to communications quickly. Normally, users would have to pick ‘Reply’ from the message options. However, these new changes are more practical.

The new function was discovered in WhatsApp Desktop beta version 2.2218.0, however it is unknown whether it will be available on Android or iOS. The option will be next to the emoji reactions button, according to the screenshot. So when the software is updated again, it will be easy to recognise.

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