It has been almost two years since the first reliable rumor that it is a WhatsApp iPad app, but the company has now released an official hint that this may finally come in the coming months.
An interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart also officially confirmed reports of a feature disappearing …
WABetaInfo was offered an interview with Cathcart, conducted on WhatsApp, and was then surprised to see Zuckerberg join the chat.
But … something more unexpected happened … Mark Zuckerberg joins the group chat to confirm some features!
The site previously gave us an early look at an upcoming disappearance mode, but Zuckerberg now says the feature is about to land.
So a couple of years wrote this long note about our vision of building a private social platform. Everything is built around private messages as the most important interaction people have. So for the basis of that, we believe that messages should be encrypted from end to end, and if you do not need to keep them around, they should also disappear.
WhatsApp was the first worldwide messaging network to roll out end-to-end encryption, and now we̵7;ve been working to roll out more disappearing messaging features globally as well.
We have already rolled out the ability to turn on disappearing messages in any chat thread. We are about to start rolling out “disappearance mode” that turns on disappearing messages in all your threads, so that your WhatsApp experience will be short in the first place.
We are also in the process of starting to roll out “view once”, SO you can submit content and make it disappear after the person sees it.
WABetaInfo asked for support for more devices – which would be needed to offer a real native WhatsApp iPad app – and Zuckerberg said that this too will come soon. ”
Question: And … what about more devices?
A: And yes this is coming too!
Question: So you mean I can really use the same WhatsApp account on multiple devices, without an active internet connection on the main device?
A: Yup. It has been a great technical challenge to get all messages and content synchronized properly across devices, even when your phone battery dies, but we’ve fixed this and we look forward to getting it out soon!
At the moment, there is an official app available for the Mac, and third-party apps available for the iPad, but both are actually wrappers for the web service – which depends on the iPhone running the main app.
Zuckerberg did not specifically confirm an iPad app, but this is one of the main reasons for the interest in native support for multiple devices, so it seems pretty given.
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