Effective immediately, users of the Apple iOS operating system can access an official beta version of WhatsApp. If you want to participate, you need an additional app and a bit of luck. Because the places available for participation are limited.
To participate in the beta program, you need the Apple Testflight app, as reported by the Caschy blog. A total of 10,000 seats are available. The iPad and iPhone users, who want to participate as volunteer testers, but who at the moment have to exercise patience apparently. At the time of this news, Apple's Testflight website indicates that the beta test is complete. Apparently, the interest in the WhatsApp beta is fantastic.
Try new features, report bugs
If you are also interested in the beta program for iOS, you can probably just keep an eye on the page at the moment. After all, it is possible that one or the other participant will leave the WhatsApp beta program again. If you get a seat, be sure to back up your WhatsApp data before installing the beta version. In the worst case, these could otherwise be lost.
But do not panic: normally the settings, contacts, chats and chat histories should be preserved after the installation of the beta version of WhatsApp. Regardless of whether the testing of new functions exceeds the manageable risk, it is obvious that you have to decide for yourself. In any case, you as a participant should be prepared to report any errors and give diligent feedback. By the way, Android has such a beta program to test new features for a while.