United States  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> >

Apple News, Voice Memos, Home and Stocks Mac Apps to Get Major Updates to Make Them More Mac-Like

MacRumours.com Wednesday, 19 June 2019
The Apple News, Voice Memos, Home and Stocks apps on the Mac will be getting major updates and new designs to make them more Mac-like, Apple's software chief Craig Federighi told CNET in an interview.

News, Voice Memos, Home, and Stocks were all apps that were ported over to the Mac in 2018's macOS Mojave as part of the precursor to Project Catalyst, Apple's newly announced feature designed to let iOS developers easily adapt their apps for the Mac.
Since their Mac launch, the four apps have mirrored the style of an iOS app, offering little more in terms of design and functionality. Now that Project Catalyst has launched, though, Apple plans to revisit these early Mac app ports.

Federighi says that because the underlying technology has improved over the course of the last year, the apps will be "automatically" upgraded thanks to Project Catalyst's more unified, native Mac framework. Apple also plans to make additional improvements on top of that to create a Mac experience.

"We've looked at the design and features of some of those apps and said we can make this a bit more of a Mac experience through changes that are independent of the use of Catalyst, but are just design team decisions," Federighi said. "When I read some of the initial reviews of those apps, people were saying, 'Obviously this technology is causing them to do things that don't feel Mac-like.' Honestly, 90% of those were just decisions that designers made ... People took that as 'this feels iOS-y' and therefore they thought it was a technology thing. Actually, it was a designer preference. So part of [the upgrade] is we said we've got to co-evolve with our user base around the aesthetics of the Mac experience. And so we made some adjustments to the apps."

Federighi also explained that the iOS-like feel to the apps in macOS Mojave was more of a design decision than a result of porting them over to the Mac, but given complaints, Apple made an effort to "co-evolve" with the Mac user base to design a more Mac-like experience in macOS Catalina.

The new Apple News, Voice Memos, Home, and Stocks apps aren't in the macOS Catalina beta at the current time, but Federighi said we can expect to see them when the public beta launches. "Wait for the public beta," Federighi told CNET. "We're still tuning everything up. That's where it gets really good."

Apple has said that iOS 13, macOS Catalina, and tvOS 13 betas will launch at some point in July, which is just two weeks away.Related Roundup: macOS Catalina
Tag: Craig Federighi

This article, "Apple News, Voice Memos, Home and Stocks Mac Apps to Get Major Updates to Make Them More Mac-Like" first appeared on MacRumors.com

Discuss this article in our forums

Recent related videos from verified sources

Toys R Us to open new stores this fall [Video]Toys R Us to open new stores this fall

Consumer Reporter John Matarese says rthe new stores will be smaller, more intimate and interactive.

Credit: WCPO Cincinnati     Duration: 01:40Published

The NEW Apple [Video]The NEW Apple

Apple was RIGHT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-JGJRngAiMThe New 2019 Mac Pro? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6HeihQ-SoIt's no surprise that Apple changed after the passing of Steve Jobs, but..

Credit: TechnoBuffalo VAN     Duration: 06:56Published

Wegmans carrot cake and carrot apple muffin recall [Video]Wegmans carrot cake and carrot apple muffin recall

Wegmans carrot cake and carrot apple muffin recall

Credit: WKBW Buffalo     Duration: 00:27Published

WNY Life After High School [Video]WNY Life After High School

Sweet Home High School is preparing students for life after high school.

Credit: WKBW Buffalo     Duration: 02:24Published

Recent related news from verified sources

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks shook off early losses and closed mostly higher on Wall Street Thursday as technology and bank stocks rallied. IBM rose after reporting solid results. The...
Seattle Times

Messages and Maps: Two apps we wish Apple would port from iOS to Mac

With macOS Catalina, Apple is providing a tool for developers (called Catalyst) that makes it really easy to take an existing iPad app over to the Mac. Apple...

WIMI’s IPO on NASDAQ Leads to the Globalization of China’s 5G Holographic Communication AI vision

*NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / July 19, 2019 /* Recently, according to Bloomberg News, WiMi Hologram Cloud has landed on the NASDAQ Global Board and is expected to...

How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple...

You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.