What you need to know
- Apple's Todd Benjamin has spoken to CNET about the launch of Mac Catalyst.
- Benjamin praised the "amazing" achievements of developers using Catalyst.
- He says Apple is planning to bring additional resources and support.
Apple's Todd Benjamin, macOS product marketing director, has praised the achievements of developer's using Mac Catalyst since its release. In an interview with CNET via MacRumors Benjamin spoke about the launch of Apple's new developer feature, which lets developers quickly port iPad apps to Mac.
Speaking about the thinking behind Catalyst Benjamin said:
Whilst the launch hasn't been plain sailing (highly touted Asphalt 9, which was shown at WWDC remains delayed until later this year), Benjamin says that Apple is taking feedback on board and is looking ahead to improving the experience:
The news comes following mixed reports about the success of Catalyst's launch. CNET notes the triump of Post-It, who were able to get their iPad app running on Mac using Catalyst in less than a day. However PCalc dev James Thomson, speaking to Bloomberg, told Mark Gurman that moving his app to macOS would be a fairly mammoth undertaking, and just wasn't worth the time. That report noted that Thomson was not alone in this experience, and that whilst some useful apps were being created using the feature, Catalyst was going to have to rapidly evolve to be successful.
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