News of the WhatsApp for Mac beta was shared by WABetaInfo, and the site notes that it is an early beta so some features may not fully function. The Universal version of WhatsApp does have an updated design that has a more Mac-like style with dedicated sidebar, and it is notably quicker than the existing version. The sidebar features easy access to Chats, Calls, Archived, Starred, and Settings, and the chat interface also has an Apple-like style with Mac icons and a streamlined interface that feels more natural on Apple’s devices.
In order to give certain Mac users a chance to test out the new version of the software, WhatsApp has released a TestFlight beta. This revised Mac app will offer native Apple hardware support. Since 2020, Apple silicon Macs have been able to use the Rosetta 2-based Electron version of WhatsApp for Mac, but a native version has not been made accessible. On M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, and M2 devices, an Apple silicon optimised Universal app should operate more quickly and with fewer resources.
There is no word on when the updated WhatsApp for Mac app will be released, but WhatsApp has been testing it internally for three weeks prior to providing a TestFlight version of the beta, so development is progressing. In the strategy game Cartel Tycoon, which is categorised as a “survival business sim,” you must develop, broaden, and ultimately rule over your very own narcotics empire. Cartel Tycoon will exit early access on the PC later this month and will launch on the PS4 in 2023. To celebrate, we received an admittedly corny live-action teaser (which eventually transitions into gameplay).