Macworld USA – September 2019

(Kiana) #1

IMAGE: APPLE SEPTEMBER 2019 MACWORLD 15


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ith macOS Catalina (go.
macworld.com/ctln), Apple
is providing a tool for
developers (called Catalyst)
that makes it really easy to take an existing
iPad app over to the Mac. Apple started
testing the technology in macOS Mojave
last year, by porting over some of its own
iOS apps—News, Home, Voice Memos,
and Stocks.
This year, Apple expands its list of iOS


apps on Mac with Music, Podcasts, TV,
Screen Time, and the new Find My app.
Those first four apps introduced last year
are getting an upgrade, too. While these
are welcome changes, I can’t help but
think Apple is missing a huge opportunity.
Two of macOS’s most important apps—
Maps and Messages—are so far behind
their iOS counterparts that we would all
be better-served by Apple just porting
the iOS app in the same fashion.

Messages and Maps: Two apps


Apple should port from iOS to Mac


The Mac versions of these apps are way behind their iOS counterparts. Catalyst could
help fix that.
BY JASON CROSS
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