WhatsApp for iPad is almost here, testing begins on multi-device 2.0

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What you need to know

  • WhatsApp has previously indicated it wants to bring the app to iPad.
  • A new report now states it is testing multi-device 2.0.
  • It includes the prospect of linking an iPad as a new device.

WhatsApp might soon be available for all of Apple's best iPads, as reports indicate the company is testing multi-device 2.0.

WABetaInfo reported on Twitter:

NEWS: WhatsApp is finally working on multi-device 2.0, and you can use iPad as new linked device Android tablets are also planned to support multi-device on WhatsApp for Android!It's under development and it will be released in a future update. Follow me to discover more

WhatsApp previously confirmed it has been working on the multi-device support back in June. From that report:

Things took an even stranger turn when Mark Zuckerberg joined the chat, and the two went on to tell the outlet about a bunch of new features coming to messaging on WhatsApp.Disappearing messages are on the way, as well as a new 'View Once' mode that will let users send photos and videos that can only be opened once before they disappear from the chat.Arguably the biggest announcement was support for multiple devices, Zuckerberg said it was a big challenge but was on the way, and that WhatsApp planned to roll out multiple device support in a public beta within two months.

As WhatsApp recently explained to our friends at TechRadar, WhatsApp multi-device support will bring the same functionality available to the iPhone and desktop apps:

"Multi-device means that users will have the same functionality that is available on the current public versions of WhatsApp Web, Desktop and Portal, just without the need to have your phone connected. Our multi-device capability immediately makes the experience better for people who use Desktop/Web and Portal. And it also will make it possible to add support for more kinds of devices over time."

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