Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has built a beta application with native support from Apple Silicon and it is now available for download. The application has been modified to fully utilize the Mac’s silicon-based hardware, resulting in a faster and more efficient user experience.
Users can install the original application by downloading the DMG file from the official website, reports WABetaInfo. After downloading the app, users need to link the account on their Android or iOS device from WhatsApp for macOS by scanning the QR code.
The beta app for Windows for Apple Silicon-based Macs was previously available to a handful of users who had access to WhatsApp on TestFlight. However, this is the official release of the beta app for extensive testing on Macs powered by M1 and above processors. Since this is a beta app – some features may not be available or may not function properly, despite being available on the company’s website.
In addition to being designed to look and feel like a traditional Mac app, the application features an app sidebar and the ability to drag and drop files. The report states that with this application, users can take advantage of all the features offered by iOS apps on their Mac.
If you’re not comfortable with installing the beta version of WhatsApp, you can still run the Electron-based Intel version of WhatsApp on your Silicon-based Mac using Rosetta 2. But beta app is expected to perform better with native support. Macs powered by the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Pro chips are expected to use fewer resources.
In other news, WhatsApp is also working on several features such as the ability to send voice notes as status and block an unknown number from the notification panel.
– Written with inputs from IANS
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