iTunes initially started out as a music app where users could buy music on and also store their collection of songs. It was also used to transfer songs to the iPod, and over the years it evolved where it became home to other features and functions, like the software used to connect the iPhone and iPad to computers, podcasts, and more.
This resulted in the app being so bloated that Apple ultimately decided to break it up into different standalone apps. Now according to a tweet by @basiliskblaze, it seems that Apple is reworking the music portion of the app to turn it into a native app for macOS devices.
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
For those unfamiliar, while the music portion of iTunes was spun out into a standalone Music app, it actually retained the iTunes backend which basically loaded web content into the app, turning it into some kind of wrapper in the process. While it was more lightweight compared to iTunes previously, it still wasn’t ideal.
According to the tweet, the latest beta version of macOS 12.2 has revealed that the Apple Music app now uses AppKit, which is macOS’ native interface framework. What this means is that the app should be able to work faster and more efficiently once it has been fully converted to a native macOS app.
That being said, even though it’s in the macOS 12.2 beta, we’re not sure if it will be complete in time for the next update, but for Apple Music app users on the Mac, this could be an update to look forward to.