Ultimate Catalyst Guide

What are some design best practices for macOS support?

These guidelines are based on information that Apple shared in different WWDC keynotes

  • Most Important: Apple has Human Interface Guidelines for iPad Apps for Mac
  • Macs don't have dynamic type. Everything is "Large"
  • Mac users have many windows open. Therefore you should set focus on the contents of the window. This means using less color so that the contents can shine
  • Use side bars and toolbars instead of a UITabBar
  • Try to take advantage of the bigger macOS windows. You can utilize different layouts and use the space wisely
  • Default font size on macOS is 13pt compared to 17pt on iOS. This is handled automatically for you though, as each app is scaled to 77% of its actual size