Apple Reportedly Rebuilding Apple Music as a Native App, Starting With macOS 12.2 Beta
Upon the release of the new macOS 12.2 beta on Thursday, it was discovered that Apple may finally be building towards a future where Apple Music is a native app on macOS.
As reported by 9to5Mac, Twitter user Luming Yin first discovered that within macOS 12.2, Apple Music uses AppKit, which is the operating system’s native framework. This is in stark contrast to how the Apple Music app currently operates on Mac, where bits of the app such as the music library were native to the OS. However, there were aspects that are now said to be more fluid such as searching and scrolling thanks to the full native integration.
macOS 12.2 beta is now available, featuring smoother scrolling in Safari on the latest MacBook Pro with ProMotion, and a native Apple Music and TV experience backed by AppKit views instead of web views. https://t.co/jjM9THIxFc
— wondrous hydra (@wondroushydra) December 16, 2021
9to5Mac confirmed that Apple Music is now using JET, which turns web content into native apps. Trackpad gestures are said to be more responsive and the app’s appearance less robust but potentially due to Apple having to rebuild the interface and its effects.
Apple first launched macOS Catalina in 2019 and the company’s iconic iTunes platform was replaced by Apple Music. In a bid to help identify and differentiate the growing services of Apple, the change in name and scope was important for Apple Music. Though, on macOS, the app ran off much of the foundation of the iTunes backend.
Once out of beta, all Mac owners will be able to experience the changes for themselves. It should only make for positive impressions and snappier uses of the app on macOS.