We’ve heard relatively a bit about Project Catalyst and what it means for builders who wish to deliver their iPad purposes to the Mac with macOS Catalina. Apple is utilizing Catalyst itself to enhance favorite Mac apps like News and Home, besides, to convey new apps like Podcasts to the Mac.
Now, proof throughout the macOS Catalina beta suggests Apple has extra in retailer for Project Catalyst.
As for Messages, Smith explains that a “shocking quantity of the UIKit Messages app” works on macOS. This consists of issues like iMessage results, which have long been lacking from the macOS Messages software.
The Catalyst model of Messages on the Mac appears to be like totally different than the iPadOS 13 models. It’s designed to appear to be the present macOS Messages app current in Mojave. This makes it more significant than only a direct port of the iPad Messages app to the Mac. Smith means that as a result of Apple put this quantity of labor into bringing the UIKit Messages app to the Mac, and it’s one thing the corporate has considered or continues to be engaged on for a future launch.
What’s additionally essential to notice is that Messages on the Mac nonetheless lacks options such because of the iMessage App Store – which has developed into the standard for issues like sticker packs, video games, and extra. That’s seemingly an important motivator for Apple to carry a Project Catalyst model of the Messages app to macOS.
Smith’s newest discoveries round Messages on the Mac come following his blog post shortly after WWDC demonstrating how Shortcuts may work on macOS Catalina.