WhatsApp native beta app for macOS is rolling out: report
WhatsApp, the Meta-owned instant messaging app, has rolled out the beta version of its native app for macOS. The application is available for download as a dmg file from the official website. The native WhatsApp app for macOS would come with all the features available on the WhatsApp app for iOS. WhatsApp for macOS is supported on Apple MacBooks with M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Max chipsets, as well as other MacBooks running macOS 11 Big Sur. Intel Macs using Mac Catalyst also support the native application.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, the beta version of the native WhatsApp app for macOS has launched for M1 Macs, Macs running macOS 11 Big Sur or higher, and some other Intel Macs using Mac Catalyst. The application can be downloaded from the official site in dmg format. Although WhatsApp for macOS is rolling out to a wider audience after an initial limited beta, it is still in beta and therefore some features may not work properly.
The report says users who want to get their hands on the native beta version of WhatsApp for macOS can simply link the account on their Android or iPhone by scanning the QR code on their Macbook. It comes with all the features available on the WhatsApp app for iOS. The app development tracker also shared a screenshot of the new WhatsApp native app for macOS, showcasing an app sidebar. The app also has the ability to drag and drop files.
The report also noted that the new native application built using Mac Catalyst has been optimized, providing the advantage of Mac hardware. Moreover, the app looks like a traditional Mac app.
WhatsApp will add more features to its native macOS app in the future. Meanwhile, the instant messaging app has also asked beta testers to share their thoughts on the new native app for macOS. One can share feedback using the bug button available at the bottom part of the app.