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Head of WhatsApp about releasing iPad app: ‘We would love to do it’

The chief of WhatsApp has a message for those begging for a native iPad app: don’t give up hope.

“People have wanted an iPad app for a long time.” Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp at parent company Meta, said: The edge linked in an interview this week to a new US marketing push for the messaging app. “We’d love to do it.”

Much like Instagram for the iPad, a version of WhatsApp for the tablet from Apple has long referenced users despite being a much-requested feature. And while Cathcart wouldn’t go as far as to commit to releasing an iPad version, his comments suggest it’s possible one will be built in the near future, especially now that WhatsApp has built the underlying technology it needs. for such a customer to work.

“We’ve done a lot of work on the technology to support multiple devices,” Cathcart said, referring to the rollout of multi-device opt-in support for WhatsApp last year. “Our web and our desktop apps now have that. If I have multiple devices turned on, I can turn off my phone or lose my network connection and still receive messages on my desktop. That would be very important for a tablet app, to be able to use the app even when your phone is not on. So the underlying technology is there.”

Due to the way WhatsApp encrypts messages, it has historically not been able to sync chats across devices over the internet like most other messaging apps work. So if WhatsApp on your phone couldn’t access the internet, the desktop client wouldn’t work. With the multi-device support beta, you can sync your WhatsApp account on up to four devices at once, a process where device IDs are assigned to an account key on the WhatsApp servers in a way that is still encrypted. Now that such sync technology exists, there’s a good chance that one of WhatsApp for iPad will finally appear on the horizon.

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