Twitter for Mac App Set to Return to macOS

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter has announced that its official Mac app is returning to macOS, almost a year after the company discontinued the native app, to the consternation of many users.

    Twitter discontinued its native Mac app in February 2018

    Twitter faced a backlash in February of last year when it announced that it would stop supporting the Twitter for Mac app in order to focus its attention on a "great Twitter experience that's consistent across all platforms."

    At the time, the company advised users looking for a "full Twitter experience on Mac" to visit Twitter on the web. However, yesterday it revealed that a fully native app is coming back to Mac, thanks to Apple's Project Catalyst that lets developers easily port apps from iOS to the upcoming version of macOS Catalina.

    According to a tweet from Twitter's Support account, the returning Mac app will be like the iPad Twitter app but "fully native," with all of the system features that users would expect of a Mac app, including multiple windows, window resizing, drag and drop, dark mode, keyboard shortcuts, notifications, and more.

    The all-new Twitter for Mac is being developed over the summer and is scheduled for an early launch on macOS Catalina 10.15, which will be released in the fall.

    Article Link: Twitter for Mac App Set to Return to macOS
  2. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    I don't get why they didn't just leave the old one running until this came out. It's not like they ever updated it anyway, so we weren't expecting much. Instead, they made everyone go and buy a third-party app. Useless.
  3. HenryFSU macrumors member


    Jul 8, 2015
    Orlando, FL
    it was idiotic to have been discontinued in the first place.
  4. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    I'm sure users are excited as Twitter at the thought of them bringing their utterly awful iPad app to the Mac.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 4, 2019 ---
    They did you a favor because the third-party apps are way better than anything Twitter offers or will ever offer.
  5. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015
    I wonder how much Apple paid them to bring it back. Good publicity for Project Catalyst.
  6. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    I've gotten used to not having them on MacOS since they inexplicably pulled the plug on us. Not sure if I'll bring them back or not.
  7. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    The weird thing about Project Catalyst-related announcements like this one from Twitter is they make the Mac seem as if it is the upstart platform, inheriting long-running apps from a heritage OS (iOS).
  8. Oridus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2012
    I use Tweetdeck, and prefer it due to the real time refreshing feed.

    Is Tweetdeck better or worse than true iPad version?

    Anybody have suggestions for better Twitter apps for Mac (that feature a real time refresh.)?
  9. fortheus macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    With dedicated app, people cannot block the ads. That’s why they resurrect the dedicated app. Now with Project Catalyst, the development cost is worth it
  10. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
  11. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    They would be better if they still had access to the APIs they did before Twitter cut them off.

    I’m super happy the app is coming back. I never understand why they would remove something so many used.
  12. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    Ehhh. In the past maybe, but the way Twitter has crippled third-party developers now basically means a lot of other apps are just missing key features. It's a shame.
  13. calstanford macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    1.5 MILLION lines of code for an app that shows a list of text basically. (I am simplyfing. I know it allows ‘messaging’ and photo upload too)

    You can only imagine how many lines of code were used on tracking, ad targeting and a/b testing crap.

    There is no way in hell something as simple as twitter needs that much code.
  14. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    A dozen donuts shaped like the Apple Park campus.
  15. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    What key features are you missing?

    I haven't noticed anything valuable aside from the timeline streaming that I did like.
  16. msephton macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cornwall, UK
    Right now I use in a Flotato app.

    I also use it for Slack, WhatsApp, Trello, Discord, Telegram, YouTube and more. Way better than the official Electron apps for those services.

    I've not used the Twitter iPad app in a long time so I can't compare.
  17. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Agree. Every once in a while I load up the native Twitter app and it doesn't take long to being to wonder how people live with that thing every day.
  18. valkyrie917 macrumors newbie


    Jun 1, 2019
    Tweetbot. And it's not close. And if there's a feature missing that is available on the website (polls) then it's because Twitter doesn't have an API for it. They killed a lot of APIs and all the 3rd party apps had to remove a bunch of stuff.

    I used Tweetdeck when it was just about the only option in the early days before Twitter bought it and, ultimately, ruined it. Unless you are a power user who needs to use it for work (ie you are the social media dept) then it's honestly just too much.
  19. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68010


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I conditionally agree. Tweetbot has lots that Twitter doesn't, but Twitter is still better because they revoked most APIs from 3rd parties. :/
  20. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Agreed. Although I don't use Twitter as frequently on my MacBook compared to my iOS devices, Tweetbot is a superior app and experience on both iOS and macOS.
  21. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Tweetbot or nothing. Twitter keeps dropping more and more APIs to third parties to convince people to use the official Twitter apps. All they're convincing me to do is delete my Twitter account all together.
  22. Gravydog316 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2016
    lol should I use Tweetbot? or something else??
    (& follow my twitter @Gravydog316 :) )

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