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 March 11

The note-taking app Notability just launched on the Mac. The developer Ginger Labs promises the same powerful features as their best-selling iPad app thanks to its use of Apple’s Mac Catalyst technology.

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Project Catalyst Stories January 17, 2020

Last year at WWDC and then on its website, Apple highlighted some of the major developers that would bring apps from iOS to Mac with its Catalyst framework. One of those was Gameloft’s highly popular Asphalt 9: Legends. Now after a few delays, it has quietly landed on the Mac App Store.

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Project Catalyst Stories October 29, 2019

Twitter brought its app back to the Mac earlier this month with the help of Catalyst. Now the app is seeing its first major update and there are a host of improvements and bug fixes for app stability, keyboard shortcuts, multiple account management, and much more.

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Project Catalyst Stories July 1, 2019

Last month at WWDC, Apple officially named Catalyst as its new framework for allowing developers to bring their iPad apps to Mac and we’ve heard more information trickle out about the software over the last few weeks. Now, Ars Technica has put together a highly informative deep dive on Catalyst ahead of its release with macOS Catalina that includes detailed insight from Apple executives and third-party developers who have already been using the software. In addition to lots of useful information for developers, there are details about what Mac users can expect and what Apple is doing to make sure porting iPad apps to macOS doesn’t mean Mac apps will become watered-down.

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Project Catalyst Stories June 15, 2019

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, 2019

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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