Since 2021, WhatsApp has been working on a new universal app for macOS and iPadOS, and back in July 2022, WhatsApp has released a beta version of its new macOS app built with Catalyst to limited numbers of users via TestFlight. It looks like this app is finally getting to final stages for launching officially as WhatsApp has just released this beta app is now available to all Mac users.
This new release will let the Mac users to access WhatsApp through a macOS app. However, this build is still officially being considered as a beta version. You may observe this beta build of WhatsApp for Mac runs quite slow, and it uses more resources in terms of CPU and memory, but many users are reporting the app that the app is now running
For those who are unaware, the Catalyst technology allows the developers to bring iOS apps to macOS. As per WABetaInfo, this app looks quite different from WhatsApp Desktop, as it is based on WhatsApp for iPhone (and the upcoming iPad version).
WABetaInfo says “After releasing a very limited early-beta program of WhatsApp beta for macOS for a small number of people on TestFlight, WhatsApp has finally made the beta version of its new native app widely available for download on the official website in case you were unable to get it from the TestFlight app.”
You will see a new sidebar that lets users access the same tabs available in the iOS app – Chats, Calls, Archived, Starred, and Settings. Users can start sending and receiving the messages, and calls. As it is still in beta, so expect some features may still not properly work, we are not sure whether some of the features are working properly or not – such as Status, group calls, location sharing, and audio messages. More features are planned to be released in the future. It is not a standalone WhatsApp client, and you will have to link your iPhone or other smartphone with a WhatsApp account.
Interested users can download the app direct from the official website, which mentioned below.