The very long wait for WhatsApp to reach the iPad seems to be coming to an end. Facebook announced a few months ago that it would be working on a new multi-device mode that would allow the messaging app to finally reach the iPad, work that now appears to have already started, according to WABetaInfo.
The wait has been (very) long, but Facebook is finally interested in the iPad
Multi-device support is the key to making WhatsApp catch up and go beyond the iPhone. At the moment, we can already use the Zuckerberg platform on multiple devices, but still using the iPhone as a central point and without the possibility of using the service if it is turned off or disconnected.
With multi-device support, the iPad can connect directly to the company’s servers and act on its own, so the iPhone won’t need to have coverage, for example. A very important step forward for the Facebook messaging app which has seen how other alternatives have offered cross-device support for many years since its launch.
As reported in WABetaInfo, Facebook is finally working on support for 2.0 multi-devices, in which we can link the iPad to the account. In the future, this feature will also reach Android tablets.
Support for multiple devices, however, will come with a major limitation. Although it allows you to connect up to four devices, it will only allow you to connect one smartphone. This means that those who use more than one iPhone, say one for work, or an Android and an iPhone simultaneously, will have to wait even longer to be able to use WhatsApp on all their devices.
We do not know the arrival dates of the version of WhatsApp that will allow us to use our iPad to access the service. But between the official confirmation by Facebook and the rumors of its development, we know, at least, that it should happen sooner rather than later.