WHATSAPP has revealed a major update that could affect millions of devices.
The company has revealed its plans to roll out the app on new devices.
Currently, anyone with an iPad must use WhatsApp Web.
But WhatsApp has hinted that an official WhatsApp iPad apps may be coming soon.
Talking to The Verge This week, Will Cathcart, director of WhatsApp, hinted at the project.
“We would love to do that,” he said.
WhatsApp first launched 13 years ago, just over a year before Apple’s original iPad.
A big part of the problem with WhatsApp on iPad is with encryption.
WhatsApp shuffles messages in transit.
Only sending and receiving devices have keys to arrange texts.
That means no one else can read the messages — not hackers, law enforcement, or the Facebook of parent company WhatsApp.
But adding additional devices without maintaining a connection to the smartphone has proved difficult.
However, WhatsApp recently solved this problem by allowing multiple phones to use the app without the primary device going online.
And this base system can also be used to add WhatsApp to iPad.
“We did a lot of research on the technology that powers multiple devices,” says Cathcart.
“Our web and our desktop apps now have that.
“If I turn on more than one device, I can turn off my phone because of the loss of network connection and still get the message on the screen.
“It’s really important for a tablet app, to be able to use it even when your phone isn’t on.
“So the underlying technology is there.”
Sadly, Facebook has yet to confirm that the feature is definitely coming.
And there’s still no timeframe, so iPad owners will simply sit tight for the moment.
You can still use WhatsApp Web in your iPad browser, as long as Iphone are also online.
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