Twitter is back to making an app for the Mac. The company released a new Twitter for Mac app last night, but it’s only available to those running macOS Catalina. And yes — there’s a catch.
This new app is built using Apple’s new Catalyst technology in macOS that allows iOS app developers to bring their apps to the Mac. The idea is no different than Microsoft’s original UWP idea which allowed app developers to make one app that works across all types of Windows 10 devices. Apple’s new system is just getting started, and the company expects to unify the iOS and Mac App Stores by 2021.
But just like Microsoft’s UWP, Apple’s Catalyst is off to a bad start. Twitter for Mac is the first major iOS app to arrive on the Mac via this tech, and although the app does work pretty well, the experience is still very unfinished. Because the app is primarily made for touch input, some parts of the app don’t work just as well on a Mac. When you are entering the password in the login screen, for example, you can’t just press enter to login to your account — instead, you have to tap the “Login” button. So yes, the app does work, but parts of the app look and act really weird when using a mouse and a keyboard. Oh and, the whole app looks very weird when you try to use it in full-screen.
Say hi to the Twitter Catalyst app for macOS Catalina.
"and it just works" pic.twitter.com/2wTp7Yjkbs
— Mehedi Hassan (@mehedih_) October 11, 2019
Twitter’s new Mac app can be downloaded here if you are running macOS Catalina.