The company announced two months ago that it was working on next-generation encryption that would have a true multi-device connection without requiring a connection to a smartphone. As part of that, it sounds like WhatsApp is planning an iPad app for the first time.
AppleInsider noticed a few tweets this weekend from the WABetaInfo account, an unofficial source of details about upcoming WhatsApp features. The account says that as part of the upcoming multi-device, both the iPad and Android tablets would be able to be used as “linked devices” to a WhatsApp account for the first time. A follow-up tweet claims that it will be a native app (rather than a web app) and that it will work “independently” (as in it’ll run if your smartphone is offline).
There is no word on when this app and integration will arrive; the WABetaInfo account says it is under development and will be released in a “future update.” But if you already have the WhatsApp for iOS beta, you will get access to the iPad version as well. On the one hand, plenty of people who have been using WhatsApp for years have likely gotten used to the app not being available on a tablet PC — but multi-device support seems like the perfect time to make WhatsApp work on more devices.