Project Catalyst Features

First discovered back in 2017, Marzipan was an internal code name for a project that aims to adds new developer tools that will enable developers to design and engineer a single application that runs on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Users saw the first part of this project in macOS Mojave. Mojave included apps like Apple News, Voice Memos, Stocks, and the Home app. At WWDC 2019, Marzipan was renamed to Project Catalyst.

In recent years, there seems to have been a move to web apps as companies look to trim development costs. Web apps have gotten faster and more fully featured, and this has led to a “write once” and ship everywhere approach for desktop applications. Chromebooks have certainly played a part of this strategy as well. Marzipan is aimed at making it easier to write and deploy apps for macOS.

Project Catalyst Apps

Apple’s Project Catalyst apps originally faced a lot of criticism for being so clunky and alien to macOS.  Future apps are said to be much better. Twitter will be using Catalyst to bring an official Twitter client back to the Mac. Apple invited Atlassian on stage at WWDC to demo a new JIRA bug reporting client for macOS, by porting their iPad experience.

With macOS Catalina, Apple will be releasing new version of the Music, Podcast, and TV app using Catalyst.

Project Catalyst Release Date

As part of the 2018 WWDC keynote presentation, Craig Federighi showed off a sneak peek of Marzipan.  The rumor is that by 2021, Apple wants developers to be able to submit a single binary to the App Store that will house the necessary logic and interface code to deploy onto iPad, iPhone and Mac.

At WWDC 2019, Apple took the wraps off Project Catalyst by announcing Catalyst. Apple is bringing its UIKit on the Mac framework to allow developers to bring iPad apps onto the Mac very rapidly; Apple says the app experience should be significantly improved than what was seen in the Voice Memos, News, Home and Stocks app introduced in Mojave.

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Project Catalyst Stories June 15

At WWDC last week, Apple announced its new Project Catalyst technology to make it easier for developers to bring iPad applications to the Mac. Apple teased that Twitter was an early partner and would be using Project Catalyst to bring Twitter back to the Mac. Now, Twitter has offered up some more details on that process in a blog post.

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Project Catalyst Stories April 22

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 3rd. Last week, we shared exclusive details about iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Today, we are sharing details about new features and APIs for developers that should be announced at the event, according to sources familiar with the development of Apple’s new operating systems.

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Project Catalyst Stories April 10

During the “It’s show time” event in late March, Apple announced that the TV app would be coming to the Mac soon. This naturally sparked discussions about whether Apple would be bringing its other media apps to the Mac, finally splitting up iTunes into distinct applications.

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Project Catalyst Stories March 9

One of the trends we’ve seen over the years in K–12 is the move away from native applications for the desktop. In fact, outside of Microsoft Office, I don’t know of a mass market application that’s launched as a native app on macOS in my entire time as an IT Director in education since 2009. Content/development firms for K–12 have always wanted a write once and run everywhere approach. It was tried with Java. It was tried with Flash. Both of those worked for a time, but they had clear faults. I would argue that we’re just now in the post-Flash era in K–12. Now, with Marzipan, Apple is giving a shot to the write once and run everywhere strategy. What will be the impact of Marzipan in K-12?

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Project Catalyst Stories February 21

There have been several reports noting that Apple will be switching away from Intel processors for its Mac lineup in favor of its own in-house ARM chips as soon as 2020. Axios is today reporting that several developers and Intel officials also expect the move as early as next year.

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Project Catalyst Stories February 20

We learned a little more today about Apple’s plans for Marzipan, its UIKit that will make it easy for developers to port iOS apps to the Mac.

Today’s report suggests that the project will be rolling out a little more slowly than expected, with an SDK for third-party apps launching at this year’s WWDC – but only for iPad apps …

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