Facebook‘s WhatsApp messaging platform is reportedly testing an official iPad-compatible app, so tablet owners can use the messenger service without workarounds.
WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging apps in the world with in excess of 1 billion people using it on a daily basis to communicate with one another, send media back and forth, and even to make audio and video calls over the Internet — and yet there’s still no official iPad version. Until now.
According to a new report from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp on iPad app will boast largely the same features as the iPhone version of the app. However, it will include a redesigned interface for iPad, and it will also supposedly take advantage of the iPad’s bigger display to include a split chat view, allowing users to monitor multiple chats at the same time.
Users will also be able to lock the app using Touch ID, make calls, or use the application in landscape mode. The only notable difference is that the tab for the camera is apparently not available, but it is unknown if it will be available in the future.
All-in-all, not much will have changed with the new version. “WhatsApp for iPad has exactly the same features of the main (mobile) app, but with an iPad UI compatibility,” notes WABetaInfo.
WABetaInfo says iPad support is not widely available yet and will likely come with the next round of beta updates for those on the TestFlight program.