Meta has finally released the native version of WhatsApp for Mac, offering a series of improvements to the user experience on Apple devices. The main novelty is the possibility of make group calls via WhatsApp. Specifically, users will be able to make video chats with up to eight simultaneous participants. On the other hand, voice calls support up to 32 people. The app comes months after Windows received a similar update with an improved experience
The new native WhatsApp app for Mac allows users chat directly from a Mac without the need to connect the phone “You can join a group call after it starts, see your history and choose to receive incoming notifications even when the application is closed,” they added from Meta in the announcement of this new version.
These are the features of the new WhatsApp application for Mac
In addition to the options for calls and video calls, among the functions of the new version of WhatsApp for Mac includes the possibility of share files by dragging them into a chat. something that was surprisingly not possible before. On the other hand, the desktop app maintains the privacy of messages and calls between devices, with end-to-end encryption.
Those responsible for the most popular messaging service in the world – which surpasses other options such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Telegram – remarked that the redesign seeks to make the application “familiar to Mac users”. In this sense, from the firm they observed that the version allows “to do your things more quickly when you use WhatsApp on a computer.”
As reported by Meta, the new native WhatsApp app for Mac is now available for download on the official website. In addition, it is expected that it will be updated soon and will be in the Mac App Store. It should be remembered that this version has been in beta since 2022. Currently, it is available for Apple Silicon devices with macOS 11 Big Sur or later.
WhatsApp also thinks of desktop users
As we pointed out previously, at the beginning of the current year WhatsApp updated its edition for Windows. On the occasion, in the announcement statement, they stressed that although the tool took its first steps as an application for smartphones and is still rooted in these devices, “hundreds of thousands of people use it on desktop computers.” Based on this, they said that they are working to offer advantages to this type of users as well. The new WhatsApp for Mac, recently announced, is a sample of this.