Twitter makes its long-awaited return to the Mac.
What you need to know
- Twitter for Mac is now available to download from the Mac App Store.
- It launches with support for live streams and automatic Dark Mode.
- The app is one of the first to use Apple’s Catalyst technology to bring iPad apps to the Mac.
Today, the Twitter for Mac app has made its return to the Mac App Store. Originally announced at WWDC 2019, many were expecting its return when macOS Catalina became available, but the new OS rolled out without Twitter for Mac. That changed today, as Twitter for Mac became available to download for all macOS Catalina users.
When Apple announced its Catalyst technology at WWDC 2019 in June, the company talked about how developers will now be able to bring their existing iPad apps to the Mac. With well over a million iPad apps on the iOS App Store, this spelled a huge opportunity for developers and for users who have enjoyed apps on the iPad but have had to switch to a browser when accessing the same app on their Mac.
One of the apps highlighted at WWDC was Twitter, who had once had a Mac app but had shut it down years ago. Now, with Catalyst, Twitter has taken its iPad app and brought it back to the Mac.
The app functions exactly as you would expect it to whether you are on a browser, on iPad, or on iPhone. It even comes with automatic Dark Mode support which will change it from light to dark mode along with the rest of the apps in macOS Catalina. Things do look a little odd if you take it into fullscreen, as the timeline currently does not expand to make use of the extra real estate. This is something that will hopefully be worked out in a future software update.
You can download the Twitter for Mac app from the Mac App Store now.