Native Mac apps built with Mac Catalyst can share code with your iPad apps, and you can add more features just for Mac. On macOS Monterey, use the latest APIs to display pop-up buttons, tooltips, and a subtitle in a windowʼs titlebar. You can also provide touch alternatives, keyboard navigation, and support for Siri intents, as well as allow users to print everywhere using Command-P, and more. There’s never been a better time to turn your iPad app into a powerful Mac app.
Bring your iPad app to Mac
Get a head start on your native Mac app
Your iPad app can be made into an excellent Mac app. Bring your iPad app to life on Mac using the latest version of Xcode. Begin by selecting the “Mac” checkbox in the project settings of your existing iPad app to create a native Mac app that you can enhance further. Your Mac and iPad apps share the same project and source code, making it easy to make changes in one place.
Optimize your interface for Mac
Your newly created Mac app runs natively, utilizing the same frameworks, resources, and runtime environment as apps built just for Mac. Fundamental Mac desktop and windowing features are added, and touch controls are adapted to the keyboard and mouse. By default, your app will scale to match the iPad’s resolution. You can choose “Optimize interface for Mac” to use the Mac idiom, running your app using the native resolution on Mac. This gives you full control of every pixel on the screen and allows your app to adopt more controls specific to Mac, such as pull-down menus and checkboxes.
Even more powerful
You can create even more powerful Mac apps using the APIs and behaviors in macOS. Apps can be fully controlled using just the keyboard, and you can also create out-of-window and detachable popovers, control window tabbing using new window APIs, and make it easier for users to select photos in your app by using the Photos picker. iOS Photos editing extensions can be built to run on Mac. And app lifecycle APIs make your app even easier to manage when it’s running in the background.
The latest frameworks
Mac Catalyst also supports many frameworks — including Accounts, Contacts, Core Audio, GameKit, MediaPlayer, PassKit, and StoreKit — to extend what your apps can do on Mac. HomeKit support means home automation apps can run alongside the Home app on Mac. And the ClassKit framework lets Mac apps track assignments and share progress with teachers and students.