Download WhatsApp for macOS: Now Available Via App Store

Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp earlier introduced a new version of its macOS app, which was entirely built from scratch in order to run as a native application on Macs. Although the app was already launched a few months back in August, it was only accessed through the WhatsApp website. Meanwhile, the company has released its native app for macOS, which is now available on the App Store. 

According to the news reports, Meta states that the new WhatsApp for macOS is now available worldwide on the Mac App Store. While the Mac app has been seamlessly merged with the iPhone app on the App Store, it has become a universal app.  

As it’s designed to run as a native application on Macs, which are equipped with chips from the Apple Silicon family, the app appears to run on a similar binary version as well as features as the iPhone version, including group audio and video calls, and apparently, has entirely replaced the old WhatsApp Desktop within the App Store.  

However, Testing of the new version of WhatsApp for macOS began in July last year. While the older version is essentially a web app version built with Electron, and as mentioned, the latest application is entirely based on the iPhone version. It has been ported to macOS with Catalyst technology. 

Now, with the introduction of the Mac app, WhatsApp users can directly access their accounts from their Mac, even after not having their iPhones around them. However, the Mac version of the app is just a companion app instead of a full-fledged app, which means you will be required to set up a WhatsApp account on your iPhone in order to use it. Meanwhile, WhatsApp is also performing a beta testing version for iPads.  

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