9to5Mac reported exclusively on some details and new features of the upcoming iOS 14, which Apple will officially announce next month. Now we’ve found evidence that Apple is working to completely replace the messaging app on macOS with a Catalyst version based on iOS 14 code.
iMessage has had several new features since 2011, including enhancements, stickers, and messaging effects. However, none of this is available to Mac users, since macOS still has a basic version of the messaging app that only works for sending and receiving standard messages.
However, this could change soon, as we found evidence of a Catalyst version of the Messages app in an early version of iOS 1
With Catalyst technology, developers can port their apps from iOS to macOS. Although Apple has already introduced some Catalyst apps such as voice memos, podcasts and stocks, none of the native macOS apps have been replaced by the iOS version. ITunes was no longer replaced by three new apps, but the music app is still a native Mac app.
A Catalyst app still has its limits, but can be perfect for an app like news. While iMessage is updated on iPhone and iPad every year, Apple has almost given up the Mac version. The same app on all platforms will certainly make it easier for the company to offer the same options for iOS and MacOS.
We expect the Catalyst Messages app to be launched with the next version of macOS, which will also be announced to developers in June.
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