So we know that:
- AppleScript has faced little to no documentation, development and support in years.
- Core apps in Big Sur like Messages and Maps are missing AppleScript dictionaries (which makes sense because they’ve basically been replaced with iOS code and implemented with Catalyst.)
- Apple clearly seems to be moving towards unifying the platforms as evidenced by many mac apps being replaced with Catalyst apps, and the move to Apple Silicone on mac.
This gets me thinking that:
- Sooner or later Apple will replace most core Mac Apps with Catalyst apps. This gives them more unity for user experience and it gives them less code to maintain.
- It seems almost inevitable that any Catalyst app will not support AppleScript. Catalyst apps are basically complete replacements for original Mac apps. That would require them to completely rewrite the AppleScript implementation and there is basically no incentive for them to do that.
- Most likely most mac apps will lose support for AppleScript as they switch over to Catalyst.
Another interesting thing I noticed: Workflow (which is now Shortcuts) was acquired by Apple not long after Sal was removed. Is Apple going to eventually replace AppleScript and Automator with Shortcuts on the Mac?
Advantages for Apple if they are doing this:
- Shortcuts is designed to integrate with Siri which would make automation more user friendly.
- If Shortcuts is on the mac, then they have one unified automation platform across all their platforms all powered by Siri.