Twitter for Mac returns this fall with macOS Catalina, built with Project Catalyst

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in Mac Software edited June 4
After a contentious decision to discontinue its Mac client last year, Twitter on Tuesday said it is working to bring the popular app back to Apple desktops and laptops in time for the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Twitter for Mac
Twitter for Mac teaser image. | Source: Twitter


Announced in a series of posts to the official Twitter support account, the return of Twitter for Mac is predicated on Apple's Project Catalyst, a suite of Xcode tools that enables developers to port iOS apps to Mac.

"Apple's exciting new technology empowers Twitter to easily bring our entire 1.5 million line code base from iOS to the Mac, allowing ongoing full feature parity with our iPad app, and enhanced with the macOS experience that will make Twitter feel right at home on your Mac," Twitter said in a tweet.

The forthcoming app will be fully native to macOS and is expected to incorporate typical Mac capabilities like support for multiple windows, window resizing, drag-and-drop, dark mode, keyboard shortcuts, notifications and more, Twitter said. Catalyst enables Twitter to build in the aforementioned desktop features, most of which are unavailable to users of the microblogging network's mobile apps.

In addition to a full feature set, Twitter plans to push out regular updates to its Mac app. While Twitter's iOS client is refreshed regularly, the Mac iteration, when it was available, often languished in update limbo.

News of the revamped Twitter for Mac initiative arrives some 15 months after Twitter quietly pulled its macOS app in early 2018. At the time, the company said it was removing the Mac variant as it focused on delivering a "great Twitter experience that's consistent across platforms."

Development on the new Twitter for Mac begins this summer ahead of a planned launch alongside macOS Catalina this fall.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,440member
    The comment about this in the keynote was revealing as well. Twitter clearly killed the mac app because they didn't want to pay a separate team of devs to maintain it. All about the Benjamins, right? And no, I don't mean coders named Ben.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,643member
    Twitter doesn't have a clue about what it is, or what it wants. If it had any sense it would seriously clean house of any and all trolls and propagandists, including that orange guy. I'm glad they are making a client for the Mac again, now that Apple's made it easy, but I plan on using third-party Mac clients that are made by devs that actually care about the Mac platform -- when I use Twitter at all, which is seldom.
    Eric_WVGGwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,391unconfirmed, member
    chasm said:
    Twitter doesn't have a clue about what it is, or what it wants. If it had any sense it would seriously clean house of any and all trolls and propagandists, including that orange guy. I'm glad they are making a client for the Mac again, now that Apple's made it easy, but I plan on using third-party Mac clients that are made by devs that actually care about the Mac platform -- when I use Twitter at all, which is seldom.

    What orange guy?

    You mean the first orangutan to become president? He's Twitters marketing department they won't kick him out.
    Eric_WVGGwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,391unconfirmed, member
    You know this has me thinking....

    In 2020+ when Apple is running A14 chips we may see a flood of great games ported over to the Mac.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    foljsfoljs Posts: 341member
    eightzero said:
    The comment about this in the keynote was revealing as well. Twitter clearly killed the mac app because they didn't want to pay a separate team of devs to maintain it. All about the Benjamins, right? And no, I don't mean coders named Ben.
    It's a for profit company. Why wouldn't it be all about the Benjamins?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,391unconfirmed, member
    vulpine said:
    chasm said:
    Twitter doesn't have a clue about what it is, or what it wants. If it had any sense it would seriously clean house of any and all trolls and propagandists, including that orange guy.
    The moment Trump gets kicked off Twitter, he'll go (with much fanfare) to Parler, as will some not insignificant share of his 60.8 million Twitter followers. Twitter does not need this kind of publicity.
    Then he'd call for a Twitter boycott like he tried to do Apple.
    watto_cobra
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