What you need to know
- Apple might be working on a Catalyst version of Messages for Mac.
- That's according to a leak from iOS 14.
- It could signal that Messages for Mac might finally catch up with the iOS version.
An iOS 14 leak suggests that Apple might be developing a Catalyst version of Messages on macOS, which could help to bring it up to speed with its iOS equivalent.
As 9to5Mac reports:
Apple has yet to replace any native macOS apps with a Catalyst version. As the report notes, a Catalyst version of Messages for macOS would mean Apple could push out regular updates for the service like it does for iOS. By contrast, the Messages app for macOS has been left to rust in recent years. As Steve Troughton-Smith notes, there were some iMessage features like effects hidden in betas of macOS Catalina, and a Catalyst version of the app could signal the introduction of those effects, along with features like stickers.
One fun thing that came out of the iOS 14 rumors lately is that Messages on macOS may finally be moving to Catalyst. Apple apparently has a prototype version of the app up & running with the same featureset as all the new stuff coming to iOS (like retractions & group chat revamp)One fun thing that came out of the iOS 14 rumors lately is that Messages on macOS may finally be moving to Catalyst. Apple apparently has a prototype version of the app up & running with the same featureset as all the new stuff coming to iOS (like retractions & group chat revamp)— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) May 23, 2020May 23, 2020
A Catalyst reboot for Messages on macOS would be a big and welcome change.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
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