Concerns over the newly ported apps from IOS

macOS and Mac Apps


So, I've been on 10.15 for a few days and, for the most part, aside from a few niggles it's fine... That's all until we come to the three new apps that have replaced iTunes. Is it me or are they hard to navigate? VO J does nothing and there are unlabelled buttons.

My hope is, or was, that these problems would be resolved but it would appear that there is a commonality in that they seem to be ported, at least in part, from IOS. I say this after trying the new twitter app for Mac which I was very excited about. It basically behaves like a screen on an iOS device though doesn't seem to respond to any of the similar gestures or keyboard controls. There are no lists to sweetly browse through and trying to reply favourite or interact with any tweet alludes me.

My concern is now that there will be all of these newly ported apps flowing into the App Store which don't support accessibility or, at least, become painful to navigate for us that use shortcuts to speed up our productivity.

But, this is just my view. What does everyone else think? Have you found any apps that have come across at this early stage that are good to use? Usable? Barely usable?

As I say, I was most excited about this development imagining a full messenger app on my MacBook, and many other apps that have not yet made it to Mac OS. This, to me, bodes of a bitter disappointment.




Submitted by Tj on Friday, October 11, 2019

I've just had a look at the music app. I don't see any issues navigating that, for me at least. I admit that I didn't go through it screen by screen, but I can find and play stuff.

Twitter, though, now that's an interesting experience; I, too, can't find a way to interact with tweets, nor can I see more than three or four tweets at a time--scrolling issues I'm inexperienced with?

At least voiceover reads everything!

I'd be curious to know if people have experienced/found other ported apps?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, October 11, 2019

I have no trouble navigating those apps, I dont' usevo plus j a lot so for me it's not that much o an isse. I can still vo plus t when needed but I actually hardly i ever use the 3 apps that repaced itunes, and didn't really use them during beta testing as I have spotify and use it or everything.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Yes, I have been playing with the music app more and I retract my former statement. I think I was more talking about the podcast app. The music app feels very much like a slimmed down version of iTunes.