We’ve been hearing tons of leaks relating to iOS 14 in recent months after developers, researchers, and bloggers got their hands on an early build of the software. Now 9to5Mac is reporting more news based on that code with the news that a Catalyst version of the Messages app is coming to the Mac.
Anyone who uses Messages on a Mac will admit that it isn’t the best app in the world.
Messages don’t always match what’s been received on an iPhone and read states absolutely don’t work as intended. To that end Apple is reportedly bringing Messages over from iOS in an attempt to make things behave more reliably.
However, that might change soon, since we have found evidence of a Catalyst version of the Messages app in an early build of iOS 14 obtained by 9to5Mac. In other words, this means Apple will bring the same Messages app from iOS and iPadOS to the Mac, which includes all those effects and features we mentioned earlier.
Catalyst allows iPhone and iPad developers to bring their apps to the Mac without having to re-write them completely. Apple has already used it with some of the apps in macOS Catalina and it looks set to do it again with Messages.
However, Catalyst apps aren’t a silver bullet. Many people dislike them because of their iOS-like interface and user experience.
Apple will announce iOS 14 as well as the new version of macOS during its WWDC event, kicking off on June 22. It will be an online-only affair for the first time thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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