Twitter Brings Back its Mac Desktop App Using Apple’s Project Catalyst

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Last week, Apple revealed Project Catalyst – an initiative created to let developers port their iPad applications to Mac.

Among the partners of Apple is Twitter, who provided more information on their upcoming Mac app.

Twitter state that they will leverage their existing iOS codebase to bring Twitter to Mac, adding native Mac features on top of their existing iPad experience to improve the new Mac app.

We are excited that Project Catalyst will enable us to bring Twitter back to the Mac by leveraging our existing iOS codebase. We’ll also be able to add native Mac features on top of our existing iPad experience, while keeping our maintenance efficient as we continue to improve this shared codebase in the years to come.”

Twitter discontinued their previous application for Mac in February 2018, directing Mac users to use the Twitter for web instead.

According to the company, the prior version of their Twitter app for Mac was pulled from the Apple Store as it wasn’t sustainable to maintain two separate codebases.

Instead of Mac, Twitter tried to focus on web and mobile, however, as their new app is able to use the existing iOS codebase now, it will be much easier to bring the Mac app back.

The new Twitter for Mac app will use our existing iOS codebase, rather than being built from a separate codebase, following the same successful strategy we’ve used with Web to expand our supported clients. By supporting key Mac-specific behaviors on top of our iOS code, we will be able to maintain feature parity across our iOS and Mac apps with relatively low long term maintenance costs.”

Twitter also add that their new app for Mac is going to have full feature parity with other Twitter platforms, including additional changes such as multiple windows support, native notifications, resizable windows with dynamic content, drag and drop, and keyboard support.

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