The macOS Messages application could be replaced by a version using the same code as the iOS variant, according to an exploration of the iOS 14 code, with a Catalyst version of the application potentially on cards for Mac users.
Apple is expected to introduce its next generation of operating system upgrades at WWDC 2020 on June 22, including a variety of new features for each of its platforms. For 2020, macOS 10.16 will see a major change to the Messages app which will switch it to a shared code base with iOS.
Discovered in a deep dive of iOS 14, 9to5Mac says the Messages app will be a Catalyst version in the next generation macOS. Catalyst is Apple’s technology that allows developers to convert applications developed for iOS and iPadOS for use in macOS.
So far, Apple has created a variety of Catalyst applications, including Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, to demonstrate how technology works using its own products. During the initial beta version of macOS Catalina 10.15 in June 2019, a code was found to indicate that the Catalyst framework would be used to carry messages from iOS, a perspective awakened by the report.
Migrating from the Messages app to Catalyst could give macOS users parity with the iPhone and iPad versions of the app, including the ability to apply stickers and message effects.
Failover can also include completely new functionality for Messages. In March, it was claimed that Apple was testing add-ons such as an extension of status update sharing, ellipses displayed when someone in the group conversation types, the ability to “not read” a message , and even to withdraw a message after sending it.