Apple’s project to combine iOS and macOS systems for years has become a reality with macOS Catalina. The Mac Catalyst project is based on the logic that iPad applications can be used on the macOS platform. However, the first stages are painful.
With its new project, Apple aims to easily adapt the iPad applications to the macOS system. This would make it easier to make applications available on the iOS platform that were not on the macOS side.
Initial feedbacks indicate that the Mac Catalyst project is a bit painful. Transferring the code to the macOS platform is easy as it is said and works smoothly, but there are problems with the interface.
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Developers say that the Mac Catalyst project is still based on the iPad interface and that applications look like a floating window on the macOS home screen. In order to prevent this, it is necessary to make efforts on the design side. Asphalt 9 and DC Universe have therefore postponed their implementation.
Another annoyance is that you’ll have to make purchases again for the application that’s adapted to the macOS platform. So the app you purchased on the iPad wants money again on the macOS side. It is also stated that in-app purchases are not transferred.
Mac Catalyst started with Apple applications in the first place. A total of 20 applications are now available, including some popular applications. However, Netflix decided not to take part in this project.
Netflix, the second most downloaded application in the iPad ecosystem, will not be involved in the Mac Catalyst project in these early stages. So macOS users have to reach the platform through the browser. This means that the platform does not have access to some of the advantages it offers in practice.