Skip to main content

Apple gives a sneak peek at multi-year project to bring UIKit iOS apps to the Mac

Apple today announced its plan to bring UIKit to the Mac. This is a multi-year project. Apple is testing the new cross-platform frameworks with its own stock apps in macOS Mojave. It will be available to third-party developers in 2019.

Apple is extending the iOS interface frameworks to work well on the Mac windowing system. It specifically said that it will not be merging iOS and macOS.

The frameworks are in internal testing with Apple this year, and developers will learn about how to start using them for their apps next year. UIKit on Mac will support trackpad and mouse input, window resizing, copy and paste, drag and drop and everything else needed to make a native Mac app feel like a native Mac app.

It’s not clear whether Apple will have developer sessions on this initiative, as most details are still in flux as Mac UIKit will not be released until 2019.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel