Earlier this week, macOS Catalina was released to the public, making it easier for developers to port their iPad apps to the Mac. Twitter is joining in with a new Catalyst version of its iPad app which is available now on the Mac App Store.
The return of Twitter to the Mac made a lot of noise when Apple disclosed more plans for the Catalyst in June this year. Unsurprisingly, Twitter missed macOS Catalina launch day last week, however, the app is rolling out now via the App Store.
Anyone who has used the Twitter for the iPad app, should be familiar to the Twitter for Mac app. It has a very similar interface, however with some modifications so that it fits on macOS.
There is support for Dark Mode too, which means that the Twitter app will switch automatically between light and dark interfaces based on the user’s macOS system setting.
For several years, Twitter offered a dedicated Mac application, however last year, dropped support for it and rather, directed users towards the web. Twitter explains in a blog post that Mac Catalyst makes it easier for them to support Mac and iOs both:
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.