Last updated: January 28, 2023, 2:27 PM IST
WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is working on a new Mac app that uses the Apple Mac Catalyst development environment to better utilize system resources.
According to AppleInsider, WhatsApp currently offers a web-based Electron app for Mac users in addition to the web app through browsers.
Electron and Catalyst are software development frameworks that allow developers to create desktop apps.
The new app has been in closed beta for a few months, but now anyone can download the file on macOS Big Sur or later on the WhatsApp website, the report said.
Once installed, it will display a QR code that users can scan with their iPhone to link their accounts using the WhatsApp iOS app.
The Mac app’s three-pane interface provides access to archived chats, starred messages, phone calls, and settings.
The Catalyst app includes features not available in the Electron version, such as file drag-and-drop and a spell checker, the report said.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has reportedly rolled out some new shortcuts for group admins to quickly and easily perform actions for a particular group member, on iOS.
The new shortcuts simplify interactions with group members, as the platform now supports large groups of up to 1,024 participants, WABetainfo reports.
The new update helps group admins to privately manage and interact with such a large number of participants quickly.
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