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14 Nov 2017

WhatsApp for iPad to be launched soon

WhatsApp developing a new app for iPad

After being popular on smartphones for several years, it looks like Facebook-owned WhatsApp is going to launch the messaging app for tablets now.

Popular tipster WABetaInfo, which covers WhatsApp's features and developments, tweeted the company may soon launch an app for Apple iPad users.

However, it didn't confirm whether it would be a dedicated app or a client application like WhatsApp Web.

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WhatsApp developing a new app for iPad
WhatsApp for iPad references spotted in latest update

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WhatsApp for iPad references spotted in latest update

WABetaInfo said it came across references for the "WhatsApp application for iPad" in the latest update of WhatsApp's desktop app. WhatsApp Desktop 0.2.6968 update has references to icons for iPad.

WABetaInfo, which earlier said WhatsApp was working on an iPad app, tweeted, "Our rumour about a WhatsApp for iPad app was real (real like our other rumours as WhatsApp Business and the Facebook infrastructure)."

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Dedicated App

Likely to be a dedicated app for iPad

WhatsApp for iPad could be a standalone app rather than a client application like WhatsApp Web, as Apple also has iPads with cellular support.

WhatsApp is currently usable only on smartphones as it requires a valid mobile phone number for registration.

It looks like the company is currently looking only at iPads for now, as there's no word on Android tablets yet.

iPad users depend on third-party messaging apps

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iPad users depend on third-party messaging apps

As there is no WhatsApp for iPad, users depend on third-party apps or WhatsApp Web for using the instant messaging service.

WhatsApp Web is accessible via Safari, but the experience isn't that great. It also means that their phone should always be connected to send/receive messages.

Alternatively, they can download reliable third-party apps like Messenger for WhatsApp or Chat for WhatsApp from App Store.

WhatsApp yet to confirm the reports

WhatsApp has not yet revealed anything about its iPad app, but reports claim that its Desktop app shows accommodations for iPad app are apparently being made. It remains to be seen whether iPad app would be a dedicated one or something based on WhatsApp desktop.

New Features

WhatsApp recently introduced series of new features

WhatsApp recently introduced several new features to make the experience much better for its 1.3-billion users.

Delete for Everyone feature allows users to recall messages within seven minutes (trick: delete messages after seven minutes by changing devices time in settings).

WhatsApp is developing an in-app payments feature, which would be released in India around December.

It is also working on a group voice-calls feature.

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Will the upcoming WhatsApp for iPad will be the same as the previous one?

Asked on 06-10-2018 by Neil Bhisma

Answered by NewsBytes

The new WhatsApp for iPad will be the dedicated app for Apple tablet. WhatsApp, which run only on smartphones, requires a mobile number for registration, but since it is being made for Apple iPad, its specific features won't require a valid mobile phone number. This WhatsApp will have some features different from the previous one.

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