WhatsApp is developing an updated Mac app with native Apple silicon support, with the company providing a TestFlight beta today for some Mac users to try out the new version of the app.

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Apple Silicon Macs have been able to use the Electron-based Intel version of WhatsApp for Mac since 2020 thanks to Rosetta 2, but no native version was available. A universal app optimized for Apple Silicon should run faster and use fewer resources on M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra and M2 machines.

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WhatsApp for Mac beta news was shared by WABetaInfo, and the website states that it is an early beta version, so some features may not work fully. The universal version of WhatsApp has an updated design that has a more Mac-like style with a dedicated sidebar, and it’s significantly faster than the existing version.

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The sidebar provides easy access to Chats, Calls, Archives, Starred, and Settings, and the Chats interface also has an Apple-like style with Mac icons and a streamlined interface that feels more natural on Apple’s devices.

There’s no word on when the updated WhatsApp for Mac app will be released, but WhatsApp has been testing it internally for three weeks before providing a TestFlight version of the beta, so development is moving forward.

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