Twitter is returning to Mac

By | 09/06/2019

TwitterAs we inform you HERE, Twitter in past announced that it will kill native Mac app. Official public notice contained “We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported”, and Twitter recommended to macOS users to just use web interface. This was pretty annoying and because Twitter cut access to APIs for 3rd party apps, I was afraid of future of Twitter. But hopefully, Twitter is coming back to Mac, thanks to project Catalyst.

Catalyst is a multi-year project from Apple for porting iOS apps (mostly from iPad) to macOS. Under the ground, iOS and macOS are very similar, iOS itself is stripped-down version of macOS with interface designed for touch control.

Twitter said, according to Twitter support account, that returning Mac app will be like the iPad Twitter app but “fully native”, with all of the system features that users would expect of a Mac app, including multiple windows, window resizing, drag and drop, dark mode, keyboard shortcuts, notifications, etc. Twitter also said, that “Apple’s exciting new technology empowers Twitter to easily bring our entire 1.5 million line code base from iOS to the Mac, allowing ongoing full feature parity with our iPad app, and enhanced with the macOS experience that will make Twitter feel right at home on your Mac.”.

Final app is scheduled for an early launch on macOS Catalina 10.15, which will be released in the fall.

Personally, I like when services like Twitter got native app for both iPadOS / iOS and macOS. Because the only Twitter app with full API access is the official one, I will surely try it and maybe it will replace my Tweetbot app.

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