Twitter makes its triumphant return to macOS with new Mac app

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Twitter makes it triumphant return to macOS with new Mac app
Twitter removed its Mac app back in early 2018.
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Twitter killed off its desktop app for Mac in early 2018. Now, a year-and-a-half later, an official Twitter app has made its way back into the App Store.

And it’s all thanks to macOS Catalina’s Catalyst framework.

The new Mac app isn’t a direct port of the iOS version, although it certainly takes its cues from the design language of the iOS app.

The reappearance of Twitter isn’t a big surprise. Back in June, the company revealed its plans for a refreshed Mac app. “We are excited that Project Catalyst will enable us to bring Twitter back to the Mac by leveraging our existing iOS codebase,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We’ll also be able to add native Mac features on top of our existing iPad experience, while keeping our maintenance efficient as we continue to improve this shared codebase in the years to come.”

The revised Mac app promises features like multiple windows, window resizing, drag-and-drop, keyboard shortcuts, and more. I haven’t yet been able to put the app through its paces enough to do an in-depth review. But if those features aren’t there yet, they certainly will be in the near future.

If you want an alternative Twitter app for Mac, you can also check out our run-down of the various third-party Twitter clients here. If you’re a regular Twitter user, all of them beat the heck out of using Twitter in your web browser.

You can download the new Twitter for Mac app here.