WhatsApp developers seem to be working on a new app for Apple iPad. That s right, the waiting days for the iPad version of one of the most popular chat apps seem to be numbered. According to a previous report, the company has been working on the app for a couple of weeks now. However, the actual launch of the app may still be weeks, if not months away as WhatsApp is known to meticulously test any and every new feature before releasing in the public. Also Read - Facebook Messenger becomes third non-Google app to garner five billion downloads on Play StoreAlso Read - WhatsApp chat history migration feature new details emerge: What it will be like
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This may be the right time to release the app as Apple recently announced new refreshed versions of the iPad Mini, along with a new iPad Air. The company already launched the powerful Apple iPad Pro 2018 last year. All these iPad versions seem to confirm that iPads are here to stay and WhatsApp is likely to rope in a sizable pool of iPad users with their new app.
Taking a look at the screenshots of the app, we notice that the company has redesigned the Chats screen to support the split view that is usually seen in the Mail app. The report also stated that the iPad comes with support for Landscape mode to make it more user-friendly. It also stated that the design seems somewhat similar to what we see in the Facebook Messenger app. Similar to the Chats screen, the Calls screen and the Settings of the app also comes with the split view.
However, the Status screen does not support the split view. We are unclear if the screen is yet to be redesigned or WhatsApp developers think that it is unnecessary to implement that design on this screen. Other features include support for Voice Calls and Touch ID inside the app. The report also noted that despite the extensive redesign, it looks like the developers have not added one section that is present in WhatsApp for iPhone devices. This section is the Camera tab and we are unclear if it will not come with WhatsApp for iPad or if it will be added before the launch of the public beta.