Apple is reportedly planning to upgrade Messages on MacOS, bringing features in the iOS and iPadOS versions of the app to Mac computers.
According to 9to5Mac, the messaging app for MacOS will be completely replaced by a version based on Apple's Catalyst technology, which found evidence of the plan in an early build of iOS 14 that it acquired.
Catalyst is Apple's development merging project for iOS and MacOS apps so that they can be used interchangeably on iPhones and Macs. The technology that developers have praised is apparently used by Apple for a revised news experience on MacOS.
Since 2011, several functions have been added to the iOS version iMessages, e.g. B. Stickers and message effects. In the meantime, the MacOS version of the app remained fairly simple, but reports in the leaked iOS 14 code have been reported to indicate that a long overdue upgrade is in preparation. The new messages for MacOS include all the features of other versions of the app, so users on a computer won't miss any stickers or message effects.
Apple has created Catalyst versions of several apps, including Apple News, Stocks and Voice Memos. With the technology applied to messages, this could indicate that Apple Catalyst will create versions of more MacOS core applications.
It remains to be seen when Apple will officially announce the new messaging app for macOS. However, the expected date is this year's worldwide developer conference, which will take place online for five days from June 22nd. The revised app is expected to accompany the unveiling for the next major version of MacOS.
Leaked iOS 14 code
9to5Mac has reported several iOS 14 features, including “real” widgets on the iPhone's home screen and the ability to test apps without installing them first. This is evident from the leaked code of the upcoming mobile operating system.
A recent motherboard report found that 9to5Mac received a copy of an early build of iOS 14 that has been in circulation among security researchers and hackers since February. WWDC 2020 is getting closer and we will see if more iOS 14 details from the leaked code are released before the event.