“The standalone WhatsApp for iPad app will reportedly support split view and offer most of the functionalities, including Touch ID support”
WhatsApp for iOS gets a new update which brings the version number to v2.19.40 and includes bug fixes and general improvements. However, underneath the surface, there are plenty of references suggesting that a standalone app for iPad is on the way. WhatsApp has been reportedly working on a dedicated iPad app for quite some time now and the latest beta version shows how it could work. Of course, none of the features can be actually used on an iPad since the WhatsApp app for the Apple tablet hasn’t been made official yet.
Uncovered by prominent WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, the upcoming iPad app will reportedly work with all iPads, not just the cellular variants. The Facebook-owned platform could let users sign in using the same number that is used on their smartphone, either via OTP or QR codes (similar to WhatsApp Web).
WABetaInfo has also shared screenshots showing what WhatsApp for iPad would look like on when it is released. While most of the app and its functionalities remain the same as that on the iPhone, the user interface has been redesigned to make it compatible with the iPad’s larger display and resolution. The screenshots show the usual login screen and users can register for an account using a phone number.
The chat screen supports a split view similar to the WhatsApp Web UI and will be available in both portrait and landscape modes. The Settings menu has also been redesigned to go with the new split view, but the Calls and Status screens don’t support split view. It also includes support for Touch ID to lock the app natively, so we can expect Face ID support to be there too. The Calls screen lists out details of the user’s incoming and outgoing calls as usual.
At the moment, there are no details regarding a launch timeline for WhatsApp for iPad, but with the company actively working on its development, we can hope the app should make its way to the App Store pretty soon.