Apple Developing Catalyst Version Of The Messages App For macOS

iOS 14 leak hints that the Catalyst version of the Messages app is being developed by Apple, according to 9to5Mac.

Since 2011, iMessage has gained a number of new features, including extensions, stickers, and Message effects. But Mac users can not use all of these features because macOS still uses the basic version of the Messages app and can only send and receive standard messages.

Apple has reportedly been working on several new features for the Messages app, such as allow users to tag contacts with their name @jing, the ability to retract iMessages after sending them, marking messages as unread, and more.

That being said, the iOS 14 leak indicates that Apple is developing the Catalyst version of the Messages app, which suggests that Apple plans to introduce a fully functional version of the Messages app from iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to macOS.

Apple announced Project Catalyst at the WWDC event in June 2019 and hopes that by bringing its UIKit to the Mac framework, developers will be able to bring iPad apps to the Mac very rapidly. With Catalyst, apps share the same project and source code so that you can efficiently convert the desktop-class features of your iPad app and add more just for Mac.

Thus far, Apple has created a variety of Mac apps based on its Catalyst framework, including Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.

It is expected that the Catalyst Messages app will be introduced in the next version of macOS, which will be unveiled at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June.

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