Photos for Mac has been found within the first beta for OS X 10.10.3, which was released earlier on February 5, and now something a bit deeper has been found as well.As revealed by developer tweets from individuals like Stroughton Smith, Jonathan Willing and others, and originally caught by Jason Snell writing for Six Colors, there’s been a change in the developer framework within Photos:
“Today Apple dropped Photos for Mac via a developer release, and some developers are reporting signs that Apple has built this new app using something called UXKit, which sits above the Mac’s familiar AppKit frameworks and strongly resembles UIKit on iOS.“
UIKit is what’s found in iOS, and it hasn’t been present on Mac at all, which has made it somewhat difficult for developers that are invested in iOS to bring their apps over to Mac. However, with this development, this could very well make developing for both Mac and iOS easier. And, ultimately, that would even more great apps that are available for both platforms.
HUH. Photos uses UXKit which almost seems like most of UIKit's API implemented atop AppKit. /via @zwaldowski
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) February 5, 2015
The new Photos for Mac is based on a new private framework in 10.10.3, UXKit. It is essentially a replica of UIKit, based on top of AppKit.
— Jonathan Willing (@willing) February 5, 2015
This developer framework has a lot of potential tied to it, so any developers that have been waiting to bring their iOS apps over to Mac, a major roadblock may have just been dismantled.
[via Six Colors]