Back in June, at WWDC 2018, Apple’s senior VP Craig Federighi made the jaw-dropping announcement that iOS apps are coming to the Mac with the MacOS 10.14 Mojave upgrade. Well, the first four of these iOS apps have been announced, and they’re, not surprisingly, native ones. There’s Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.
But what about third-party apps? Federighi said, at WWDC, that Apple will empower developers with the tools to easily bring their own apps over to the Mac and has since stated that this will occur sometime in 2019. When this finally happens, these are the third-party iOS apps we’d most like to see ported to Mac.
2. Google Calendar
This may not seem like a major issue to some, but when anyone working in a deadline-driven field needs to handle an email or calendar appointment quickly, it can feel like a waste of time to have to first search through a multitude of open browser windows to locate the Gmail (Android, iOS) and Google Calendar (Android, iOS) webapps. If only Google had dedicated Gmail and Google Calendar for Mac apps, you could quickly find and switch between the two using keyboard shortcuts on the Mac.
Twitter (Android, iOS) discontinued its dedicated Twitter for Mac app in March of 2018. For good reason, since the poorly supported app was always suffering from bugs and remained a few steps behind its iOS and Web counterparts for not incorporating such advancements as the 280 character tweet limit and Twitter threads.
Instagram (Android, iOS), one of the world’s most popular photo-sharing apps on iOS, is far less popular as a web app since you can’t post pictures or stories, message connections, or like or comment on comments you receive on it. A dedicated desktop app would conceivably let you do all this and have the added benefit of letting you edit and filter your photos on the big screen, especially if you want to put them through Adobe Photoshop for Mac first.
6. YouTube Premium
8. Amazon Prime Video
One of the greatest benefits of the Netflix (Android, iOS), YouTube Premium (Android, iOS), Hulu (Android, iOS), and Amazon Prime Video (Android, iOS) mobile apps is the ability to download videos, television programs, and movies for offline use when you’re out of Wi-Fi range. The web apps do not have this functionality. So how great would it be if there were desktop apps to allow you to do this and watch this content offline on the bigger laptop screen when you’re on a long commute or flight?
9. The New York Times
Despite the barrage of #fakenews claims, “The New York Times” remains the paper of record in the U.S. But its web UI remains crowded, and, with its small print, hard to read. The New York Times (Android, iOS) mobile version on your iPhone or iPad is much cleaner looking, appearing more like a streamlined and more easily scrollable news feed with larger text and photos. Just imagine how much more pleasing this news reading experience would become on the bigger desktop screen.
Travel can be so chaotic, so we thank TripIt’s developers every day for the TripIt (Android, iOS) mobile app, which lets you organize your travel plans in one place. After booking, just allow the app to automatically import your travel plans from your preferred calendar or email box and it will use this data to develop your master itinerary. Then you can easily access them from your device, at any time. Sifting through flight info, tickets, hotel check-ins, and more would be even easier to do on a larger desktop screen — if only there were a desktop app.
How many times have you been on your laptop working and thought about booking a car, only to have to turn to and unlock your phone to do it? If there was an Uber (Android, iOS) or Lyft ( Android, iOS) for Mac app, you could book your next ride without missing a beat.
Here’s another good use case. If you were speaking on your smartphone and needed to book a car at the same time, you wouldn’t have to interrupt your conversation to do it over the mobile app if you were sitting in front of your desktop.
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13. Google Home
14. Amazon Alexa
Apple Home is already coming to Mac, but what if you also own Google Home (Android, iOS) or an Amazon Alexa (Android, iOS) device? To be able to set up and control all of your smart home devices (not just HomeKit devices) from your desktop and use voice-activated commands straight from your Mac without having to pull out your mobile device every time would be nice.