9to5Mac has exclusively reported certain details and new features of the upcoming iOS 14, which will be officially announced by Apple next month. We have now found evidence that Apple is working to completely replace the Messages app on macOS with a Catalyst version, based on the iOS 14 code.
iMessage has acquired several new features since 2011, including extensions, stickers and message effects. But none of this is available for Mac users, because macOS still has a basic version of the Messages app that only works to send and receive standard messages.
However, that may change soon, as we found evidence of a Catalyst version of the Messages app in an early version of iOS 14 obtained by 9to5Mac. In other words, it means Apple will bring the same Messages app from iOS and iPadOS to the Mac, which includes all of the effects and features we mentioned earlier.
Catalyst technology allows developers to port their applications from iOS to macOS. Although Apple has already introduced some Catalyst applications, such as voice memos, podcasts, and actions, none of the native macOS applications have yet been replaced by the iOS version – iTunes has been discontinued to be replaced by three new applications. , but the Music app is still a native Mac app.
A Catalyst application always has its limits, but it can be perfect for an application like Messages. While iMessage is updated every year on iPhone and iPad, Apple has almost abandoned the Mac version. Having the same application on all platforms will certainly make it easier for the company to offer the same options on iOS and macOS.
We anticipate that the Catalyst Messages app will be introduced with the next version of macOS, which will also be announced to developers in June.
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