WhatsApp’s CEO has stated that the company is in favour of creating an iPad app.
“People have desired an iPad app for a long time,” Will Cathcart, WhatsApp’s parent company Meta’s president, told The Verge last week.
“We’d be delighted to do that,” Cathcart remarked.
A version of WhatsApp for Apple’s tablet, like Instagram for the iPad, has long eluded consumers despite being a much sought feature.
While Cathcart would not promise to the introduction of an iPad version, his comments imply that one is likely in the near future, especially now that WhatsApp has established the underlying technology required for such a client to function.
“That is now available in both our online and desktop apps. I can switch off my phone or lose my network connection and still get messages on my PC if I have multi-device enabled. It would be critical for a tablet app to be able to utilise the app even if your phone was turned off. So the fundamental technology exists “He said.
Because of the way WhatsApp encrypts messages, it has previously been unable to sync discussions between devices through the internet, as most other messaging applications can. As a result, if WhatsApp on your phone did not have internet connectivity, the desktop client would not function.
The beta version of multi-device functionality allows you to sync your WhatsApp account on up to four devices at the same time, which includes mapping device IDs to an account key on WhatsApp’s servers in an encrypted manner.
With such synchronisation technology now available, there’s a decent likelihood that WhatsApp for iPad is finally on the way.