Now that the Mac App Store (s aapl) has a definite release date not too far off, I started browsing through my large collection of iOS applications with one question on my mind: Which of these would also make great Mac apps? Some, of course, already have OS X equivalents, but there are many more that don’t. Here’s a short list of the ones I’d most like to see make the jump.
This is possibly a strange request, since Instapaper works pretty well as a browser-based application, but I’d still love to see it. The Instapaper and Reeder apps provide the best reading experiences on the iPhone and iPad, in my opinion, and Reeder for Mac already proved that kind of experience can translate successfully to the desktop. A similar Instapaper iOS app with a full-screen reading mode would completely satisfy my Mac reading needs.
It may be ideally suited to a touchscreen interface, but I still think Angry Birds could work on the Mac. Especially now Apple’s Magic Trackpad allows all Macs to use touch-based input. It won’t be as satisfying as slinging those avian tools of destruction just by touching them, but it will likely still provide many hours of distraction.
Considering the social network hasn’t even released an iPad app yet, this is probably asking for a lot, but I would love a native OS X Facebook client. The web is great, but I actually prefer using the iPhone app most of the time, because I find it less distracting and easier to navigate. The best part is that it strips out all the third-party applications, which is probably also the reason an OS X Facebook app will never happen.
I like having a messenger system that replaces texting on the iPhone, and I’d love to see it be able to reach the desktop as well. Having either of these would help make other IM clients obsolete, and keep me truly connected everywhere without having to actually be signed in to a service (so long as they worked persistently in the background the way they do on the iPhone). In the same vein, an app like Viber could work well for providing a dedicated iPhone-to-Mac voice calling solution.
I could go on and on about other apps and games I’d enjoy using on the Mac, but my point is made: There’s huge crossover potential for successful iOS apps in the Mac App Store.
What iOS apps do you think would work best on OS X?
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