Although it’s been over a year since Twitter discontinued its app for macOS users, the company didn’t have plan to release an app for the platform. Interestingly, shortly after Apple’s announcement of Project Catalyst during this year’s WWDC, Twitter have now decided to introduce an app using the service for macOS users.
Talking about the decision to leave out Twitter app for macOS, Twitter revealed that the company was focusing on mobile apps for time being as a practical way to manage the apps since managing separate codebases can be extremely time consuming. However, with Project Catalyst, it is significantly easy to bring iOS app to macOS which has resulted in the platform’s decision to bring macOS app in near future.
In the official blog post, the company said that it will be adding several features to the Mac app despite using the existing Twitter app for iPad.
As the changes will allow the company to manage shared codebase, it revealed that developers will continue to work on improving the application as they add new features in the coming years.
The company noted, “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.”
As you can see from the company’s statement, the upcoming macOS client won’t be a direct import of the iOS app. Rather, the company will add several new features to support dynamic contents. Twitter revealed that the app will feature multiple windows support, native notifications, drag & drop and keyboard support. While we will have to wait to find out when the app becomes available, the company noted that it will bring several new features to the app in the fall.