What you need to know
- The team behind Project Catalyst opened up about the project of portning apps from the iPad to the Mac.
- They expanded about what the process will be like and how they decided to hone in on iPad apps over iPhone.
- Through the process, developers will be able to select the proper settings to ensure a seamless interface exchange.
Apple has long sought to bring the success of iOS apps to the Mac. It introduced porting last year, but this year, with a new initiative called "Project Catalyst," it introduced a new way that enables porting apps from the iPad to the Mac much more easily and quickly. Ars Technica recently spoke with the team behind the new program exploring how the idea came about what quirks it had to work out to make porting possible.
The developers talked about how the app would transition from a touch-based interface to a mouse-pointer one.
The team also talked about the decision to focus the port to iPad apps, not iOS ones which outnumber that of Apple's tablet. Here's what Todd Benjamin, Apple senior director of marketing for macOS had to say:
The team will take feedback from users to see what works and what doesn't and see if the porting process is being done in a satisfying manner.
The piece sheds a spotlight on all the inner workings of Project Catalyst and how instrumental it could be in adding even more apps to the Mac. It gets into more detail about all of the funcitons of porting an app and how to make it properly work on a Mac. It is definitely worth a read.
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