Earlier today Apple announced a November 10th Apple Event which is expected to headline the first Apple SIlicon Mac. Alongside hardware updates, more information regarding macOS Big Sur and cross-platform capabilities between macOS and iOS is expected to be discussed.
Israeli blog The Verifier reported in April of last year, prior to WWDD 2019 that Apple would introduce TestFlight for macOS as part of macOS Catalina. TestFlight which enables developers to enlist the help of beta testers to test their apps ahead of their launch has only been available for iOS and iPadOS apps. macOS developers have been forced to rely on 3rd party systems, or themselves to test Mac apps with beta testers.
Although the report was released last year, The Verifier’s Twitter account has confirmed that they now expect it to be announced at the upcoming event. The report in April did however accurately report the fact that macOS Catalina and iOS 13 would introduce the ability for developers to develop apps for both platforms, under a single project.
At WWDC this June Apple introduced a major transition for the Mac to Apple Silicon, the same architecture that runs on iOS and iPadOS devices. Apple, if the report in April was true, likely delayed TestFlight for macOS until a shared architecture was in place across both ecosystems. Alongside the rumored launch of TestFlight for macOS, Apple is expected to drop an official date for the release of macOS Big Sur.
Last week Apple released the first developer beta of macOS Big Sur 11.0.1, igniting suspicions that macOS 11 itself is ready to launch, but that the tech giant is holding off on its release until Apple Silicon Macs. With an event now confirmed for next week, that seems highly likely. None of the betas of macOS Big Sur which have been in circulation since June have hinted towards TestFlight, however recently Apple updated its iOS TestFlight app to a more “Big Sur” style icon.