It seems that an iPad version of the popular chat app, WhatsApp, could soon be available after code was unearthed that included references to tablet support. The code was found during the most recent update of the desktop version of the app.
WABetaInfo, were the guys who uncovered the code and posted an image on social media of a folder included within the WhatsApp desktop code entitled “Tablet-iOS”.
New references about the WhatsApp for iPad app found in WhatsApp Desktop 0.2.6968 recent update.
It's sooo obvious, as you can see in the screenshot. pic.twitter.com/Nc07nEzxnN
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) November 11, 2017
As WhatsApp uses phone numbers to authenticate users, the app is currently not available on WiFi only devices. This brings into question just how the feature will work and whether the tablet version of the app would need to be paired with a smartphone.
WhatsApp Web, as well as the Windows and macOS desktop clients, require users to scan a QR code from the smartphone app to create a link between the devices.
WhatsApp refers to these clients as “computer based extensions of the WhatsApp account on your phone”, rather than fully-fledged clients in their own right.
WhatsApp recently announced that they were launching a “Delete For Everyone” feature, which allows users to do just that, delete everything including texts, images and documents from both individual and group chats.
Messages can be deleted for up to seven minutes after they were originally sent. Sadly, after this time, there is presently no way of deleting the messages.
For this feature to work at all, both the sender AND the recipient must have the latest version of the app installed.
Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” in your recipients’ chats.
Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.