WhatsApp for iPad Not Coming Anytime Soon, Confirms CEO

WhatsApp Messenger right now is only available for iPhone but not the iPad, and if you have been dreaming of a version for Apple’s tablet, think again.

CEO Jan Koum told German publication Netzoekonom.de (via Mac & i) the app is only made for devices people take with them, so it doesn’t make sense to make a version for the iPad or VR goggles (Google Translation below):

“We build our functions only for devices that carry the people with them. Virtual-reality glasses are not among them, as well as iPads. Many people ask us, but we do not. No one takes with his iPad when he goes to the movies or to dinner. “

Koum also sees WhatsApp playing a larger role in communication, such as possibly replacing email for businesses, with the recent addition of being able to send PDF documents up to 100MB in size. Future support for other file formats is coming, he says.

Yesterday at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed their Messenger app combined with WhatsApp results in 60 billion messages sent daily, which is about three times as many as regular SMS messages.

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Last year, WhatsApp rolled out a web version for iPhone users, and earlier this month enabled end-to-end encryption for its 1 billion users.

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  • Mike

    LOL. “WhatsApp is only for devices that you carry with you.” Well, Mr Koum, who then could possibly need a 100mb PDF file only in such a device?